Boat trip turns to tragedy
"Police News Alert Issued *** 5.15pm, 15 January 2014
A boating trip at Surat Bay in the Catlins turned to
tragedy this afternoon when a teenage girl died after the
boat she was on capsized.
A 48-year-old Balclutha man and
his teenage daughter and male friend, both aged 13, headed
out in the early afternoon on a boat on Surat Bay east of
Information indicates that about 300 metres from
the shore the boat's engine started to fail and cut out. The
boat became swamped before capsizing.
The alarm was
raised with police at approximately 1.30pm and Emergency
Services from Balclutha and Owaka, and the Dunedin-based
rescue helicopter were deployed.
The man and boy made it
ashore together, while the girl was found on shore about 30
minutes later. Tragically resuscitation attempts to revive
her were unsuccessful.
All three were wearing life
Weather conditions were windy at the time and
conditions were described by people at the scene as
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