Tragedy strikes during dune motorbike ride
An afternoon at the beach turned to tragedy for a group of young Northlanders after one of them lost control of his motorcycle.
The Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopter was called to Tokerau Beach on the Karikari peninsula north of Kaitaia on Sunday afternoon after Regan Grbic, 18, crashed while riding his motorcycle on the sand dunes.
Paramedics spent about an hour trying to revive Grbic before flying him to Whangarei Hospital with serious head injuries. He died shortly after.
Chief pilot Peter Turnbull said Grbic's dad was transported with him in the helicopter and from what he could see Grbic had been wearing the proper safety equipment.
"A Sunday afternoon swim for a group of young boys somehow went terribly wrong. They were young guys out there enjoying themselves."
Grbic was part of the Whangarei Motorcyle Club and a spokesperson for the group said it had been an honour to have him as a member.
"He was well known and loved by all of his motocross brothers. He was an awesome guy, kind and generous. He will be terribly missed," the spokesperson wrote on the group's Facebook page.
A service will be held for Grbic in Kaitaia on April 2.