Friends mourn student after falls drowning
Relatives and friends are mourning the death of Filipino international student Kenny Espinosa after a body was recovered on Saturday at Whangarei Falls.
The student’s death is one of at least 12 water-related deaths in New Zealand in three weeks.
Myreen Cordova, his cousin in the Philippines, contacted the Herald shortly after the news broke that he had gone missing.
Early yesterday morning New Zealand time, Cordova posted on Facebook: “For those who sympathise in time of our grief . . . please do help us in praying for Kenny’s soul. May God bless us all.” A friend who was with Espinosa on Friday said they were swimming at the falls when Espinosa encountered difficulties and went under. He was in Whangarei for a summer break from studying in Auckland.
The Police Dive Squad recovered a body believed to be that of Espinosa. Police were yet to formally identify the victim at edition time last night. Meanwhile, another person died in a water-related death in Northland on the weekend — bringing to at least 12 the number of water-related deaths in New Zealand in the past three weeks.
In the latest incident, a fisherman died in the Bream Bay area south of Whanga¯rei. Police were called to Ruakaka at 7.06am after a fisherman appeared to get into difficulty while retrieving fishing nets. The man died at the scene.