Five dead after charter boat capsizes off Kaikoura, New Zealand

Five dead after charter boat capsizes off Kaikoura, New Zealand

Photo: Fish Kaikoura official Facebook page

Five people are confirmed dead after a charter fishing boat capsized near Kaikoura on New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday, September 10.

The 8.5-metre boat capsized in the waters of Goose Bay shortly after 10:00 local time on Saturday, Kaikoura Police Sergeant Matt Boyce said in a statement within hours of the incident.

The boat is operated by local company Fish Kaikoura. Its 11 occupants at the time included the captain and 10 passengers, all of whom were members of the Nature Photography Society of New Zealand.

Police search and rescue (SAR) teams found five deceased people and six survivors at the scene. The survivors were assessed by medical personnel and one individual was transferred to Christchurch Hospital as a precaution.

Marlborough Acting Response Manager Detective Sergeant Michael Whitty said the survivor who is in hospital is in stable condition.

A number of investigations involving a range of agencies are underway looking into how the event occurred, added Whitty.

The capsized vessel has been recovered and will be examined as part of the investigations.

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