The three young men involved in a fatal boat sinking in
Southland yesterday were wearing life jackets, police have
Southland police communications manager Vivien Pullar said
police planned to speak to the two survivors again today.
The body of 19-year-old Jason Burford, from Invercargill, has
been recovered, she said.
Mr Burford died yesterday after a boat sank in North Lake
Mavora, Southland, while his two companions, also from
It's understood they had been on a fishing and hunting trip
in the area.
The 4.5m private boat sank about 12.30pm will the three
people on board.
Police said one person managed to swim ashore and run for
help because his two companions were missing. A second person
also made it to shore, but Mr Burford drowned.
Friends of the Invercargill 19-year-old have posted tributes
Bradley Andrews wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P my friend. I only
saw you Friday night and you were your usual self. You were
cheerful and happy, making everyone laugh. Rest easy my
friend and I know there'll be an endless supply of cars for
you to work on."
Earlier on Sunday he had posted: "Anyone know what the
weather is like in Te Anau today? Some friends went that way
this weekend for a night of fishing and hunting, just making
sure they make it home safe."
Cassie Page posted: "I will never forget your cheeky grin.
The best ones are always taken far to soon".