Presumed drowning at Whatipu, West Auckland
Surf Life Saving New Zealand acknowledges presumed drowning
at Whatipu, West Auckland
On the afternoon of Sunday,
November 17, 2019, at around 1.45pm, a male fisherman was
washed off rocks at Ninepin Rock (Te Toka-Tapu-a-Kupe),
Whatipu Beach, West Auckland.
Police have named him as
56-year-old Wei Shi and say the search for him remains
ongoing, with Eagle helicopter conducting daily aerial
searches in an effort to locate him.
The incident occurred
at a non-lifeguarded beach. Emergency services, including
the NZ Police Eagle helicopter, Coastguard and LandSAR were
called to search for Mr Shi. Volunteer Surf Lifeguards from
Karekare Surf Life Saving Club also participated in a
land-based search on November 18.
Police say that due to
the length of time Mr Shi has been missing in the water, he
is presumed to have drowned.
Our thoughts are with the Mr
Shi’s family and friends at this time.
Surf Life Saving
New Zealand’s Coastal Safety team is now working with
emergency services to investigate what happened and
© Scoop Media
PM's Statement: Deadly Eruption Of Whakaari / White Island
At this stage, we can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. That is to the best of our knowledge.
To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief at this moment in time, and in your sorrow. Your loved ones stood alongside kiwis who were hosting you here. We grieve with you, and we grieve with them... More>>
Police Update: Plan To Recover Bodies
"I can now confirm that we are finalising a plan to recover the bodies from Whakaari / White Island tomorrow morning. Families will be briefed on the operation at 4.30pm and Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement will speak with media in Whakatane." More>>
Gordon Campbell: On The Eruption And Tourism Safety
Adventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – rather than safety factors – are routinely allowed to determine the point where the boundary line of acceptable risk is being drawn. More>>