NZ sailor dies in Rarotonga accident
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 7:19a.m.
A New Zealand Defence Force sailor has died in an accident in Rarotonga.
He was 22-year-old Able Seaman Combat Specialist William Paratini Delamere.
Mr Delamere was involved in a motor scooter accident at 12:45am yesterday morning (local time) while on shore leave.
Navy personnel were unable to revive him despite first aid attempts, and he was pronounced dead at Rarotonga Hospital at 1:30am.
Mr Delamere was serving on the HMNZS Otago which is currently in the Pacific conducting maritime patrols.
Maritime Component Commander Commodore John Martin says it is a tragic loss for the navy.
“We are saddened by this loss and, on behalf of the entire New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of Able Seaman William Delamere,” he says.
Next of kin have been informed, and are receiving assistance from the navy.
An investigation into the event is being conducted by local police.
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24/06/2012 4:52:47 p.m.
Aroha Delamere wrote:
love you my nephew, will b seeing you soon when you return home. we all waiting for you
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