Life ring review at wharf
The death of a little boy who drowned after falling from a wharf has prompted Auckland Council to launch a review into the provision of life rings.
On November 11, 5-year-old Haoran Chen drowned after falling into the sea off Torpedo Bay wharf.
Bernard Riedl, 28, jumped in to try and save him but was unsuccessful.
Riedl has since said that if there had been a life ring on the wharf the outcome could have been ‘‘entirely different’’.
It’s understood Chen had been on a family excursion at the time, and was unable to be revived by emergency services when he was pulled from the water about 3.15pm.
‘‘Auckland Council owns hundreds of wharves across the region, not all of which have life rings provided,’’ Auckland Council head of operational maintenance Agnes McCormack said.
‘‘Following Haoran Chen’s death we are reviewing [the] provision of life rings.’’
McCormack confirmed there wasn’t a life ring on Torpedo Bay wharf on the day Chen drowned, that there isn’t one there normally and there isn’t one there now.
Asked who is responsible for the maintenance of life rings on Auckland’s wharves, McCormack said ‘‘it depends on the owner of the wharf’’.
Bernard Riedl, 28, tried to save the young boy.