Alexan­dra boy died in ‘med­i­cal event’

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - VIV LO­GIE

A 12­year­year old boy died in Haast town­ship on Wed­nes­day night.

Con­sta­ble Paul Gur­ney, of Haast, said emer­gency ser­vices were called to a pri­vate ad­dress about 5.30pm af­ter the boy was found un­re­spon­sive.

St John vol­un­teers spent al­most an hour try­ing to re­vive the boy, but he died at 6.30pm.

Po­lice re­leased his name yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He was Jesse Sa­muels, of Alexan­dra.

‘‘This was an ab­so­lute tragedy for the fam­ily,’’ Const Gur­ney said.

The fam­ily trav­elled back to Cen­tral Otago yes­ter­day.

Const Gur­ney said for the fam­ily it was a sad way to end the school hol­i­days.

NZCC res­cue he­li­copter pilot An­gus Tay­lor said the ser­vice had been put on alert but the weather pre­vented them from get­ting off the ground.

He un­der­stood the Queen­stown and Christchurch res­cue he­li­copters were also called but were stopped by the weather.

A po­lice me­dia spokes­woman said late yes­ter­day the death was due to a med­i­cal event and would be re­ferred to the coro­ner. — The Grey­mouth Star

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