Teenagers named as victims of Nelson off-roading track crash

3:50 pm on 11 April 2024
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Two teenagers have been named as the victims of a crash in Nelson on Monday.

They were Joanna Lois Beach and Bondi Reihana Richmond, both 18 of Waikawa, Marlborough.

Beach and Richmond died following a crash on an off-roading track in Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Police said they extended their condolences to the family and friends of the pair "at this difficult time".

"An investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing."

Earlier, police said a helicopter was used in the initial search to find the teens after they received a crash alert.

Police with dogs also went into the forest on foot and found the vehicle down a steep bank.

A search and rescue operation was then launched, involving LandSAR volunteers, to recover their bodies.