Two farm workers dead in separate incidents

Last updated 20:28 05/03/2014

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Two farm workers are dead in separate incidents in the North and South Islands.

The first death occurred on a farm in Welcome Bay, south of Tauranga, yesterday, while police have attended another on a remote farm in Golden Bay in the Tasman region.

Tauranga police said a 66-year-old man was found with the quad bike about 5.45pm yesterday, but he had been missing since the morning.

St John Ambulance district operations manager Jeremy Gooders said an ambulance was dispatched to a private property in the Welcome Bay area just before 6pm yesterday.

They found a 66-year-old male deceased, he said.

"It looked like he'd come off a quad bike, he hadn't been seen for a number of hours and was found deceased."

The man had been dead for several hours by the time ambulance staff arrived, and no resuscitation was attempted, Gooders said.

The man was believed to be a farm worker, not the owner of the farm.

His death would be referred to the coroner.

Meanwhile, Nelson police were today called to a farm in Rakopi where the body of a 51-year-old farm worker was found near a quad bike.

Initially police said it appeared he had had a quad bike accident, but this evening a spokeswoman said the cause of death had not been established.

The man's body was found near the quad bike but "at this stage it does not appear that he has died as a result of a crash'', the spokeswoman said.

The man's body has been taken to Nelson for a post mortem.

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- The Nelson Mail

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