Experienced diver dies in Hawke's Bay

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 15:13 18/02/2013

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An experienced diver has died while diving at a central Hawke's Bay beach.

Barney Leon Akurangi, 34, was scuba diving with a friend at Pourerere Beach yesterday about 5pm.

Sergeant Ross Gilbert of Waipukurau Police said the pair were diving in shallow water when Mr Akurangi's friend noticed him floating on the water.

He and other people tried to revive Mr Akurangi by performing CPR but they were unsuccessful.

An ambulance from Waipukurau attended the beach, which is about a 40-minute drive east.

Police inquiries into the causes and the circumstances of the death were continuing. 

The sea conditions were moderate, Mr Gilbert said.

Mr Akurangi was an experienced diver, who was most likely out to catch paua or crayfish, Mr Gilbert said. His family and friends were ''pretty shaken up'' about the drowning.

Contact Tracey Chatterton
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: tracey.chatterton@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @trackchatt

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