One dead in boating tragedy


A person has been killed and two others injured after a boat smash in the Marlborough Sounds.

An injured boatie managed to alert emergency crews who rushed to Okiwi Bay about 7.25pm on Sunday night.

The fatally injured victim was in a critical condition but died on the way to hospital.

Yesterday morning, Maritime NZ announced it had launched an investigating the deadly on-water collision as Marlborough’s harbour master revealed he was looking for more information to help piece together what had happened.

Scene investigations are underway in the tight-knit community which has about 80 permanent residents.

Police were called to Okiwi Bay, about 25 kilometres from Rai Valley on the way to French Pass, about 7.25pm on Sunday and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue crew were called in.

Police revealed yesterday morning that one person had died.

Okiwi Bay Voluntary Rural Fire Force fire chief Ian Montgomery says the collision happened near where boats were moored in the harbour.

“It was very, very dark and the cloud cover was quite low last night, ” he says.

Marlborough Coastguard President David St John said Coastguard did not attend the incident.

A spokeswoman from Nelson Marlborough Health says one patient is in a stable condition at Wairau Hospital.

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