Rugby referee dies during game in Blenheim

12:56, May 10 2014

A Marlborough rugby referee has died during a junior rugby game in Blenheim today.

Sergeant Jason Munro, of Blenheim, said the man, 62, collapsed while refereeing an under 13 and-a-half grade game at Lansdowne Park, in Mayfield, about 11am.

Bystanders started CPR until ambulance crews arrived and took over, Munro said.

CPR was performed for 50 minutes but the man was unable to be resuscitated and died at the scene, he added.

Police would not release the man's name until his next of kin had been advised.

Two St John ambulance crews, a St John first response vehicle and a fire truck were at the scene.

A tarpaulin was erected for privacy while ambulance crews tried to resuscitate the man.

The death has been referred to the coroner, Munro said.

It is understood that the man was a well-known referee in the Marlborough area.


The Marlborough Express