Multiple fatalities in New Zealand boating tragedy

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WELLINGTON: There were multiple fatalities in a boating accident in New Zealand on Saturday, police said, but they were unable to immediately confirm the death toll. “A number of people have died after a boat got into difficulty in Kaipara Harbor this afternoon,” police said in a statement. “At least six other people have been rescued and are receiving medical treatment.” Local media said 11 people were believed to be in the water after a chartered fishing boat overturned near a bar at the entrance to the harbor north of Auckland city. The vessel, called The Francie, is listed as a 12-meter (40-foot) long boat that can carry a maximum of 22 people. Police said four aircraft and the coastguard were searching for people in the water.

AFP

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