8 Sep 2019

Person dies after boat tragedy in Fiordland

12:41 pm on 8 September 2019

One person is dead after a boat rolled in Fiordland yesterday.

Wairaurahiri river in Southland looking out towards Foveaux Strait.
Near Waitutu Lodge in Fiordland

The mouth of the Wairaurahiri river. Photo: Supplied / Wikipedia

The police say three people were in a boat when it was swamped and rolled about 3pm, near the river mouth at Wairaurahiri.

They say all three people were able to swim to shore, and one left to raise the alarm, while two stayed on the beach.

However, by the time emergency services arrived one person had died.

The death will be referred to the coroner.