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Police have released the name of a Glenorchy man who died on the Waimakariri River during the World Championship Jet Boat Marathon today.
He was 47 year old Duayne Barry Insley.
A statement from race organisers confirmed the incident, on the Waimakariri River during the upstream leg, happened at approximately 10.30am.
In a statement they said: "Details of exactly how the incident happened are subject of police investigation, but we can confirm it occurred in the braided section of the river about ten to fifteen minutes above the area known as ‘the pylons’.
The organisers expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the families of those involved.
A St John ambulance spokesperson said paramedics attended the incident but did not transport anyone to hospital, as the patient had already died.
Maritime New Zealand said police were leading the investigation on behalf of the Coroner, as it was deemed a fatal accident.
Spokesperson Vince Cholewa said Maritime New Zealand would help police as needed.
It is the second day of the week-long World Championship competition taking place on eight rivers across the South Island.
Today's event was the Waimakariri Up and Down, which followed the Circuit Time Trail yesterday.
- Reporting by Louise Scott and NZME