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Elderly visitor dies in suspected drowning

Monday 1 July 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Crime, Local, National

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In the early hours of Sunday morning, traffic had to be diverted from the scene of a two-car crash at Nikao.

Police are investigating a suspected drowning incident that claimed the life of an elderly visitor in Muri yesterday.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the medical report for the deceased 80-year-old male visitor is expected today.

Pitt said the police received the call about the suspect drowning at 11.20am.

This is the second drowning related death reported this year, following the death of a 49-year-old New Zealand woman in a water-related incident while holidaying in May. The woman was reportedly responsive at the incident site at Avaavaroa Passage, a popular tourist attraction for swimming with turtles, but was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police also recorded two road incidents early yesterday morning including a pedestrian struck by a taxi van at Arorangi.

Yesterday, Pitt reported that the pedestrian was seriously injured and remains in critical condition at the hospital.

“Police were told a man suddenly went onto the road and was hit by the van,” Pitt said.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, traffic had to be diverted from the scene of a two-car crash at Nikao.

“Police were called to the crash at 1.14am where the two vehicles had blocked the main road near Super Brown,” Pitt said.

“The male driver of a grey car had collided into the female driver of a blue car.  Blood specimens were sought from both drivers. The road was cleared by T&M and through traffic was restored just after 3am.”

During the weekend, police have responded to complaints of noise, drunken behaviour, and a domestic disturbance. 

And early Saturday morning, Police confiscated five motorbikes from their drivers. 

“The infringements ranged from driving during curfew hours (Learner) to failing to have lights, and safety helmet. One person was arrested and charged with drunk driving, in relation to an earlier incident.”