Police help sought over soldier death

Last updated 16:19 26/11/2013
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DROWNED: Private Michael Ross.

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The Defence Force says it has asked police to investigate the death of a soldier who drowned during a training exercise.

Private Michael Ross fell from an inflatable boat into Lake Moawhango, near Waiouru, in September 2012.

An inquiry by the Defence Force released earlier in 2013 found multiple systemic and individual failings led to Private Ross' death, including an inadequate lifejacket and an under-inflated boat.

The Defence Force said today it has referred allegations to police. A spokesperson would not say what the allegations are, or what charges police have been asked to consider.

Police say they are reviewing material, but will not comment any further.

The Defence Force has been prosecuted under health and safety legislation. A court found in July this year that it failed to take all practical steps to ensure Private Ross' safety.

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