A 54-year-old man died in the sea south of Auckland yesterday
as he tried to swim back to shore when the boat he was on ran
out of fuel.
Early yesterday morning, a small fishing boat with several
occupants launched from Kawakawa Bay in the south of Auckland
heading towards Ponui Island, police said.
After some distance away from the ramp, the boat then headed
back to shore due to heavy seas.
The boat ran out of gas at about 70 metres from the ramp at
which time one of the men on board jumped into the water in
an effort to swim ashore.
Although he had a lifejacket on, he was seen by some
neighbours and bystanders to be struggling, police said.
Several people on shore saw him and swam out in a bid to
bring him ashore; however, by then he had been in the water
for up to 15 minutes and had died.
His death was confirmed by ambulance staff.