11 Mar 2011

Spear fisherman dies near Matakana Is

11:28 pm on 11 March 2011

A man has died in an apparent diving accident off Bay of Plenty.

He was a 22-year-old Whangarei resident who was in Tauranga for work training.

Police say the man was spear fishing with a friend off Karewa Island off the coast from Matakana Island when he was found lying unconscious on the sea bed in about 3 metres of water.

Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.