11 Mar 2019

Teenager killed at Coromandel beach was struck by boat propeller

11:15 am on 11 March 2019

A teenager who died at a Coromandel beach was being towed on a sea biscuit when he was struck by the boat's propeller.

Pauanui seen from Mt. Paku

Pauanui Beach (Stock Photo). Photo: 123RF

Emergency services were called to Pauanui Beach just before 4pm yesterday.

One teenage boy died and another was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition, with multiple lacerations.

Rescue helicopter staff say two teenagers were on a sea biscuit, when a wave hit the towing boat and spun it around, causing the propeller to hit them both.

The other boy was flown to Waikato Hospital with multiple lacerations and is in a stable condition.