Man who died at north Christchurch seashore had been attempting to avoid wasting a toddler

Water Safety chief executive Daniel Gerrard said the surf at Spencer Beach on Sunday was “challenging”.


Water Security chief government Daniel Gerrard stated the surf at Spencer Seashore on Sunday was “difficult”.

A person who died at a north Christchurch seashore had been attempting to assist a toddler who was struggling within the tough water.

Lifeguards pulled the person from the water and tried to resuscitate him however couldn’t save him, Water Security chief government Daniel Gerrard stated.

The surf at Spencer Park Seashore on Sunday was “difficult”, he stated, and he understood the person had tried to rescue a small little one who was in bother.

“You naturally wish to save somebody however this highlights the hazard. It’s extremely tragic.”

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He stated lifeguards had been in a position to rescue the kid.

Surf Life Saving NZ chief government Paul Dalton stated six lifeguards had been concerned within the incident and a rescue boat was used to deliver the affected person to shore.

Lifeguards tried to resuscitate the man but could not save him.


Lifeguards tried to resuscitate the person however couldn’t save him.

“We will’t touch upon the circumstances that led as much as the individual needing to be rescued,” he stated.

A police spokesperson stated that between 12.45pm and 4pm there was a “water incident” at Spencer Park Seashore that left an individual lifeless.

“On the time seven individuals had been reported injured, nevertheless, after subsequent ambulance checks there seem like no different accidents from the incident. It doesn’t seem any watercraft had been concerned within the incident,” they stated.

Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Daniel Gerrard. (File photo)


Water Security New Zealand chief government Daniel Gerrard. (File photograph)

Gerrard stated he guessed the seven individuals handled for minor accidents on the seashore on Sunday had been separate occasions as a result of difficult surf.

To this point this yr, 74 individuals have died in drownings that would have been prevented, 10 greater than the identical time final yr, he added.


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“It’s monitoring to be one other horrendous yr for drownings. Eighty is the 10-year common; 2021 was 90 fatalities and 76 had been male, the worst yr since 2011.

“This yr we want individuals to take private duty. We want individuals to consider their households and ensure they’re coming dwelling to them.”

In an open letter to all New Zealand males, Gerrard pleaded with them to take higher care within the water.

“To Pākehā males in energy boats, Māori males gathering kai underwater, Asian males fishing from rocks, Pasifika males fishing from boats … you guys are constantly over-represented in our drowning tragedies.

“It’s blatantly apparent that Kiwis are underestimating their dangers while in, on and across the water.”

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