Life ring re­view at wharf

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - IMOGEN NEALE

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.

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