Five dead, three missing in New Zealand boat accident

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Five people were killed and three others were left missing in a boating accident in New Zealand on Saturday, police said.


Inspector Duncan Hall said that a boat carrying 11 people got into trouble in Kaipara Harbour near Auckland. He said rescuers managed to pull three survivors from the water, who were taken to a hospital. He said rescuers also recovered five bodies.

Hall said in a statement the boat was reported as overdue to emergency services at 3:30 p.m. Police were still trying to establish what happened to the boat and how its occupants ended up in the water. Hall said conditions on Saturday were poor, with large sea swells.

He said teams had ended an aerial search for the missing people for the night 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.