Two Kaikoura men died at sea

ANNA WILLIAMS AND EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 14:19 04/12/2013

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The body has been found of a second man missing on the Kaikoura coast.

Police had been searching for the man since the boat he was in with another man capsized near Kaikoura yesterday morning.

Police said today that search crews found the body of 79-year-old Kaikoura man Robin Reinke shortly before 11am today near Whaler's Bay, on the Kaikoura peninsula.

A police spokeswoman said a helicopter crew spotted his body in the sea. The police dive squad recovered the body.

The body of his friend and boating companion, Ronald Monk, 75, of Kaikoura, was found yesterday morning on the shoreline about 200 metres from the capsized boat.

Both deaths have been referred to the coroner and Victim Support is helping the families of both men, the spokeswoman said.

More than 20 people, along with boats, a plane and a helicopter, were searching for Mr Reinke while daylight allowed them to continue yesterday and the search resumed this morning.

Police had established that the pair set off about 7am to check crayfish pots in a small 4.9m boat.

A member of the public found the semi-submerged boat in Whaler's Bay about 8.15am.

The boat was found stern-up, which indicated it had gone down nose first, she said. Police and the Coastguard were alerted shortly after 9am.  Mr Monk's body was found about 9.30am.

He was wearing a lifejacket, but it had not been inflated.

A large-scale search had continued for Mr Reinke this morning.

The police dive squad joined the search late yesterday and resumed early this morning.

The weather in Kaikoura yesterday morning was fine and sea conditions were calm.

The Express understands the men are both retired Kaikoura men who often went fishing together and checked crayfish pots.

The men's boat was towed to shore and will be examined by police investigators and Maritime New Zealand.

DEATH BY WATER

Drowning is consistently the third highest cause of unintentional death in New Zealand, surpassed only by road vehicle crashes and accidental falls.

There were 98 drowning deaths in New Zealand last year.

This was a 26 per cent decrease from the 2011 toll of 132 and the third lowest toll since 1980.

This year's toll sits at 64. 

 

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- The Marlborough Express

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