New Zealand horror summer continues: Child dies after incident at Mangamate Waterfall beauty site
Emergency services were called to the Mangamate Waterfall on the Whirinaki River – inland from Minginui to Te Urewera, just before 2:45 p.m. Photo / File
A child has died following an incident at a North Island waterfall this afternoon – the third water-related death confirmed today.
Emergency services were called to the Mangamate Waterfall on the Whirinaki River – inland from Minginui to Te Urewera, just before 2:45 p.m.
Rescue teams and a helicopter responded. Attempts were made to resuscitate the child, but unfortunately they died at the scene, police said.
“The police offer their condolences to whÄnau and his relatives.
“Police are investigating on behalf of the coroner.”
A spokeswoman for St John said they were alerted at 2:37 p.m. and dispatched a first response unit, a helicopter, three ambulances and an official.
In addition to this incident, a person in serious condition was taken to Gisborne Hospital after a water incident on the beach at Centennial Marine Drive in Awapuni. Help was called at 3:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, a body was found today while searching for a missing swimmer last seen entering the Waikato River.
The man was last seen on Monday shortly after 6 p.m., jumping into the water from or near the pier at Hamilton Gardens.
Initial reports to police indicated that a group of four had entered the river but only three had returned to shore.
This sparked a massive search and rescue effort downstream from the Claudelands Bridge over the past few days, including the Westpac rescue helicopter, boat, jet ski and the National Police Dive Team.
Earlier today, a 58-year-old man died in Wellington hospital on Monday following a water-related incident at a school in Masterton.
It was the worst summer for drowning in New Zealand since 2015, according to Water Safety New Zealand.
There have been 28 drownings across the country since early December, with two more months to go until the summer reporting period ends.
This equates to the number of drownings recorded over the entire three-month period last summer.
Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Daniel Gerrard said the rise in fatalities was “unprecedented”.
âWe have to start making some of these callsâ¦ it’s the worst we’ve had in the past six years,â he said.