Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Death Near the Hotel...

I saw this happen yesterday...

A Maritime Safety official will on Wednesday begin investigating the death of a nine-year-old girl on Lake Taupo.

The child fell off water skis off Two Mile Bay when she was run over by a boat.

Police are also investigating the death, but say it is too early to know whether any charges will be laid.

The boat's driver gave immediate assistance to the girl and her family, but she died before she could be taken to hospital by ambulance.

The boat has been seized and will be examined by engineers and police.

The death has raised some concerns about staying safe while boating.

Lake Taupo harbourmaster Philip King says there are easy ways for people to stay safe on the water.

He says they need to educate themselves on the speed limit, know the laws, and be aware of what's happening around them.

King says the speed limit on Lake Taupo is five knots within 200 metres of the shore.

King wouldn't comment on the incident while investigations are underway, but says he often deals with people speeding.

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