NEW ZEALAND: Simranpreet Kaur, a young 18-year-old Indian-origin girl, dies at Karioitahi Beach on Auckland’s southwest coast after getting swept out in a rip.
The deceased is said to be proficient in swimming.
Surf Life Saving’s Operations Centre SurfCom was notified of two people in trouble in the water around 4.45pm on Tuesday.
Emergency services responded, including the Karioitahi Search and Rescue team with two IRBs.
One person was located and taken safely to shore, while another was found unconscious in the water, Surf Life Saving New Zealand said in a statement. CPR was performed on the unconscious person but was unsuccessful.
Northern Region Search and Rescue supervisor John-Michael Swannix said the Surf Life Saving community sends their condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
Simranpreet’s death is the third fatality on the northern West Coast in the past week.
“This is such a tragedy. No one goes to the beach for a swim and expects something like this to happen,” Swannix said.
Swannix said the conditions on the West Coast are “deceptively dangerous at the moment”, and beachgoers have been advised to swim at other locations.