One person dead after Kaituna River incident

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Police confirm one person has died following a boating incident at the Kaituna River mouth, near Ford Road in Paengaroa today.

Emergency services were notified at about 11:45am that a small boat with two people on board had capsized.

Coast Guard, Ambulance, Fire and Emergency NZ, and Police responded to the incident.

“One person made it to shore and was taken to hospital in a serious condition,” says a police statement.

Police confirm that the second person was pulled from the water by rescuers and sadly died a short time later.

“Police would like to thank those members of the public who offered their assistance at the scene,” says a police spokesperson.

A spokesperson for New Zealand Coastguard confirms they also responded to the incident.

The incident occurred on the Kaituna River in Paengaroa. Google Images.

They assisted in the search and rescue from Maketu after being alerted by police. 

“Upon arrival on the scene the dinghy was found to be upside down with one person clinging to it,” says a Coastguard spokesperson.

The coastguard shadowed the person back to shore as they were unable to get too close to the dinghy due to the nature of its location. 

“Once on shore they were cold and shaken and then taken for medical treatment.”

A spokesperson for St John's Ambulance has confirmed that one person has been transported to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.

The person who has subsequently died was then located after a shore search by Fire and Emergency, says a Coastguard spokesperson.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who saw the incident and has not yet spoken to police is asked to please get in touch by phoning 105 and quoting event number P046830672.

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