Man dead after falling in to Otaki River

BEN STRANG, BLAIR ENSOR AND KAY BLUNDELL
Last updated 14:52 02/11/2012

SlideshowOtaki River


View Otaki River Mouth in a larger map

Relevant offers

Kapiti

Delays on Kapiti train line Kapiti assured bore water safe Hazard lines off housing project Cafe gets another year's road reprieve Apology as tree charges withdrawn Expressway means more traffic lights Marathon ride a true epic Four expressway alternatives could avoid contested Grace land Hazard lines writer linked to park project Second win for Grace in fight to save land

A whitebaiter has died after falling in to the Otaki River.

Sergeant Slade Sturmey said the elderly Otaki man was whitebaiting on the northern side of the Otaki River mouth with friends when he fell in to the water as he was retrieving his whitebait net.

''We're not sure what has happened at this stage. He was found by friends, but it's not clear how he came to be in the water.''

His body had been removed from the scene for examination and the coroner would decide the cause of death.

The man was found by friends about noon.

CPR was performed by emergency services.

Police were working on contacting next of kin.

Mr Sturmey said the man was a regular whitebaiter, and was often seen on the north side of the Otaki River.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Would you support your local council paying the 'living wage'?

Yes - it's moral and fair, no matter the costs.

Yes, but there should be a cap on the wage.

Only for the very lowest waged.

Not at all - survival of the fittest.

Don't know/Not sure.

Vote Result

Related story: Council's living wage blowout

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content