Diver dies after boat hits

A diver has died after being hit by a boat propeller in Northland tonight.

Police say the man was struck by a commercial boat after he had surfaced near the Poor Knights Islands.

He was taken on board bleeding, with serious facial injuries, but still conscious. However, he died soon after.

Coastguard northern operations manager Ray Burge said volunteer coastguard from Tutukaka were first on the scene and tried to resusitate the diver.

Emergency services were told of the accident at 7pm. The Northland rescue helicopter also responded but the man died before they arrived.

The coastguard rescue boat was now escorting the boat with the diver to Tutukaka where it will be met by officers.

Police will investigate on behalf of the coroner.

Fairfax Media