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Police updates – Hutt Valley train incident, Lyall Bay missing person, Petone Beach incident

Police news for 21 September 2023.
Kayak rescue in Petone. PHOTO SUPPLIED.

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 21 September 2023.

Fatal train incident, Hutt Valley

Police can confirm that a person has died after being struck by a train on the Hutt Valley Line yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services responded to the incident at around 3.45pm.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.

Fatal crash, Henderson

Police can advise one person has died following a collision involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Moselle Avenue and Waipareira Avenue, Henderson.

The crash was reported around 6:45pm last night.

Traffic management is in place at the scene and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Enquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Missing person located – Lyall Bay

The young person reported missing in the Lyall Bay area earlier last evening has been located and is safe and well.

Police and the young person’s family wish to thank everyone who provided information and assistance to locate her.

Police reminding the public to play it safe on the water after incident at Petone

BeachPolice are reminding the public to play it safe when out on the water after two men had to be rescued after their kayak capsized off Petone beach.

Police received a report just after 1pm on Wednesday 20th September of two men who appeared to be struggling in the water in a strong 30knots (56km/hr) northerly wind. The men had gone fishing in a twin kayak.

When the men were approximately two hundred metres offshore the waves began to increase in size and the men decided to turn back, however upon turning, the kayak capsized.

According to observers on shore who called Police the men, who were both wearing life jackets, subsequently lost their paddles, fishing rods, and clung to the side of the kayak
Police Dive squad members responded along with the Maritime Unit police launch. The divers swam out towards the men from shore while the police boat approached from the other direction pulling the men and kayak from the water, both of whom were very cold.

‘Thankfully these kayakers were rescued safely but it is a timely reminder around the importance of wearing lifejackets, having some form of communications on you (such as a cell phone in a sealed plastic bag), and only head out in suitable weather conditions,’ said Kyle Smith, Police Maritime Team.

‘Maritime NZ recommends watercraft users undertake courses such as those available through Coastguard to help them prepare for being on the water. Advice is also available online.

The AdventureSmart website provides safety information for a vast range of activities, including the three safety codes – the Water Safety Code, the Boating Safety Code, the Land Safety Code.

Serious Crash – Upper Hutt

Police are in attendance after a serious crash in Upper Hutt this morning.

Police were called to Tawai Street at about 530am after a pedestrian was a struck by a vehicle.

The driver stopped immediately and is assisting Police with enquiries.

The pedestrian has been taken to Wellington Hospital in a serious condition.

The Serious Crash Unit is now investigating and are currently carrying out a scene examination on Tawai Street.

Motorists are asked to avoid this area if possible as it is expected to take some time and the road is currently closed.

Diversions are in place but there will be delays.

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