Friday 21 July 2017

Five people dead and three others missing in New Zealand boating accident

The Francie, a fishing charter vessel thought to have got into trouble on the Kaipara Harbour. Photo Facebook
The Francie, a fishing charter vessel thought to have got into trouble on the Kaipara Harbour. Photo Facebook

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Searchers have recovered five bodies after a boating accident in New Zealand, police said.

Inspector Duncan Hall said a boat carrying 11 people got into trouble in Kaipara Harbour near Auckland on Saturday.

He said rescuers managed to pull three survivors from the water, who were taken to hospital. He said rescuers also recovered five bodies.

Four people are still missing.

Mr Hall said in a statement that the boat had been reported as overdue to emergency services. Police were still trying to establish what happened to the boat and how its occupants ended up in the water. He said conditions on Saturday were poor, with large sea swells.

He said teams had ended an aerial search for the missing people and would resume searching again early Sunday.

Television New Zealand reported the vessel was a chartered fishing boat and that rescuers had arrived in helicopters, plucking the survivors from the water and placing them on a beach, where locals kept them warm while waiting for ambulances.

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