Multiple fatalities in New Zealand boating tragedy - Times LIVE
Mon May 29 19:08:11 SAST 2017

Multiple fatalities in New Zealand boating tragedy

AFP | 2016-11-26 10:37:10.0
Ambulance emergency accident file photo

Image by: iStock

There were multiple fatalities in a boating accident in New Zealand on Saturday, police said, but they were unable to immediately confirm the death toll.

"A number of people have died after a boat got into difficulty in Kaipara Harbour this afternoon," police said in a statement.

"At least six other people have been rescued and are receiving medical treatment."

Local media said 11 people were believed to be in the water after a chartered fishing boat overturned near a bar at the entrance to the harbour north of Auckland city.

The vessel, called The Francie, is listed as a 12-metre (40-foot) long boat that can carry a maximum of 22 people.

Police said four aircraft and the coastguard were searching for people in the water.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.