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Water Fatality at Opua, Northland

Water Fatality at Opua, Northland

A 68yr old man is dead after he was thrown from his dinghy following a collision with a 42' yacht at Opua this morning.

The collision occurred as the yacht was coming in to Opua at 8.30am.

Crew members from the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson who witnessed the incident, pulled the man from the water and began CPR until a defibrilator and then ambulance crew arrived.  The attempts at resucitation were not successful.

Police at the scene are interviewing witnesses and the crew of the yacht with Maritime NZ.  The man's dinghy is yet to be recovered.

The deceased is believed to be a local man however further details will not be released until formal identification procedures have been completed and NOK notified.

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