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Drowning - Papanui Inlet, Otago Peninsula


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Drowning - Papanui Inlet, Otago Peninsula

Police are currently investigating a boating accident which occurred at Papanui Inlet on the Otago Peninsula, north of Dunedin at about 2.00pm on Tuesday, 29th January 2013.

The two occupants of an aluminium dinghy capsized in the inlet, with both being thrown into the water. One of the occupants was able to hold onto a buoy, but the other encountered difficulties while in the water.

Assistance was given by witnesses, however this second person was not able to be revived.

Emergency services including the Otago rescue helicopter were involved, with the surviving boat occupant being treated for suspected water inhalation at Dunedin Public Hospital.

Initial enquiries suggest that life jackets were not worn or available.

Details of the deceased will be released once next of kin have been advised.

The matter is being referred to the Coroner.

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