A man who was out to catch his final fish has drowned at an Auckland beach.
The terminally ill man was fishing with his partner off Eastern Beach last night, when their boat capsized.
Sergeant John Saunders says both were wearing life jackets, but it's thought the dead man's jacket slipped off.
"Possibly the tragic thing about it was the person who drowned, I believe, was engaging in his last fish and he was suffering from terminal cancer of some sort."
A police dive squad will carry out a search for the man's body today.
Mr Saunders says it's a tragic case.
He says the man's partner was with him at the time, but once they feel in the water his life jacket is believed to have slipped off.
"They floated away from the boat, one of the occupants of the boat managed to grab the other occupant, but he slipped out of his life jacket. The occupant of the boat managed to scramble onto the boat, but when she turned around her companion was gone."
The dead man's partner was treated for hypothermia.