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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Enquiries continue into the circumstances surrounding the three people who died following a boating incident in Manukau Harbour yesterday.

The three men were aged 54, 61 and 70. A fourth man, aged 23, is in a moderate condition in Auckland Hospital.

Emergency services were notified at about 4:40pm on Saturday that a boat with four people on board had overturned at Manukau Heads, near the bar.

Police, along with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Maritime NZ, Surf Life Saving NZ, Coastguard and St John Ambulance responded to the incident.

All four men were located in the water, but three were later pronounced dead and the fourth was flown to hospital.

Police would like to thank those members of the public who offered their assistance at the scene.

Police and Maritime NZ continue to work together to understand the circumstances leading to the deaths.

Police are continuing to make enquiries on behalf of the Coroner.

Police extend their sympathies to the family and friends of the victims at this incredibly difficult time.

There will be no further updates today.


Issued by Police Media Centre