Photo: Robert Zaleski

Photo: Robert Zaleski

New Zealand Teen Drowns In SUP Accident

A 15-year-old girl died today when she fell off her standup board and was swept under a moored boat in Whangamata Harbor, New Zealand.

According to The New Zealand Herald, the teen was out paddling with four or five of her friends about 100 meters into harbor’s main channel when a combination of strong wind and current caused the incident.

Whangamata harbor-master Steve Wise said the girl was on a privately-owned board and was wearing a waist pack with a PFD, although it is unclear if her PFD had been deployed.

Her friends were able to get her back on her board and a nearby boat helped get her back on land where resuscitation efforts began.

Emergency services were called and they took over when they arrived on the scene, to no avail.

“At this point the agencies urge people to take the time to identify what tides and currents are doing and never underestimate the power of moving water,” Senior Sergeant Graham Shields told the Herald.

“Also be aware of the limits of your own abilities in the water,” he said.

Original story here.