The 47-year-old mother who drowned near Mahia last weekend
attempting to save her son has been named as Suzanne Faye
Sergeant Aubrey Ormond of Wairoa police said the Mahia woman
died in "rough" sea conditions at Blue Bay near the small
town of Opoutama.
Hawke's Bay Today first reported Sunday afternoon's drowning
after the woman's "motherly instincts" forced her into the
waves to save her son and another boy distressed in the surf.
Australian surfer Ross Shields, 63, attempted to save Ms
Rowse while his wife Fiona tried to resuscitate her on the
beach before emergency services arrived.
The two boys were unharmed.
A vigil dedicated to Ms Rowse and her family was held at
Nuhaka School, where Ms Rowse's son attends, on Monday.
The funeral service for the mother of two will be held today
in Opoutama. The death has been referred to the coroner.
Meanwhile, police are interviewing the survivors of
Saturday's high-speed crash just outside Dannevirke in which
a Waipukurau man was killed.
Daniel Troy Leslie, 31, was killed after the car in which he
was a passenger struck a power pole on the corner of State
Highway 2 and Makirikiri Rd.
Detective Sergeant Shane Brown, of the Tararua CIB, said
investigations were continuing.
"We are in the process of interviewing the man and woman who
were in the vehicle. We are also awaiting forensic test
results and the Serious Crash Unit report - both of which
will take some time to complete and then review before we can
lay any charges."
The two survivors were taken to Palmerston North Hospital
following the accident. The female passenger has been
discharged while the driver remains in a stable condition.
- Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today