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Man killed in jet boat accident

Monday 23 Apr 2012 11:50 a.m.

A Christchurch man has died after becoming trapped inside an upturned jet boat on a North Canterbury river.

Leslie Grant Stirling, 44, was dead by the time paramedics reached him on the Waimakariri River on Sunday evening.

Senior Sergeant Mike McRandle said Mr Stirling and his brother had been jet boating on the river during the day after entering the water near Oxford.

The boat became grounded in shallow water in the afternoon and when the men freed it Mr Stirling was the only one in it as it travelled downstream.

His brother found the boat upturned a short time later and Mr Stirling was trapped inside.

He was freed after 10 minutes but his brother's attempts to revive him failed, Sen Sgt McRandle says.

Mr Stirling was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police and Maritime New Zealand were investigating.

NZN

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