Photos / Paul TaylorRescuers tried desperately to reach a boy who was snatched by a large wave at a Napier beach but were beaten back by huge waves. The 9-year-old boy drowned today after being swept out to sea as he played in the surf at Te Awa, Napier. The trio were all swept away before being plucked from the water by a rescue helicopter but the boy could not be revived. A witness who watched the tragedy unfold said other would-be rescuers who tried to reach the boy were beaten back by the "horrendously huge" waves. "They stayed with him while Coastguard and the rescue helicopter were deployed.
Source: Otago Daily Times February 21, 2020 07:30 UTC