Boating death on Hawke's Bay river

Last updated 09:52 05/01/2014

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A 43-year-old woman is in serious but stable condition after a jet boating crash on a Hawke's Bay river which killed a man yesterday.

The jet boat was on the Ngaruroro River, west of Hastings, about midday Saturday when the driver lost control, hitting willow trees on the bank, said police senior sergeant Marc Clausen.

The driver, Dale Baker, 51, from New Plymouth, was struck by a branch and killed instantly.

The woman was flown to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital by helicopter and three others in the boat were treated for minor injuries.

Mr Clausen said the jet boat was the last in a group of three - two of the boats were at a rest stop waiting for the third to turn up when they realised something was wrong.

The boat backtracked and saw the third had crashed, calling emergency services.

Everyone on the boats were wearing lifejackets.

The circumstances of the crash will be investigated by the Maritime Safety Authority and police, and Mr Baker's death will be referred to the coroner.

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