Teenagers commended for their efforts to save a friend
Teenagers commended for their efforts to save a
Police can now formally confirm that the boy who
drowned in the Waikato River in Taupo yesterday was David
Paul Clark aged 15 from Turangi.
David was a year 12
student at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College.
He was with a group of
friends at a popular spot on the river near Unison Park
yesterday afternoon. He and four friends had already jumped
from a cliff into river. On a second jump with two of the
group at approximately 4pm, David got into trouble and
failed to resurface.
His body was located about half an
hour later but the Police National Dive Team from Wellington
was required to safely recover him which they did at
approximately 11pm last night.
Senior Constable Barry
Shepherd who coordinated the search and rescue operation has
praised the attempts by David's friends to help him. "His
two friends did a sterling job trying to get to him and
should be commended for their efforts.
"These boys were
looking out for each other and being careful, but it shows
once again how fun can turn to tragedy in an instance. It is
easy to be caught unawares and I urge everyone, particularly
enthusiastic youngsters, to take extra care."
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