River takes mother of 11

Nelson Mail - - News National -

A woman from the Glo­ri­avale com­mu­nity was stand­ing near a flooded West Coast river with a group of chil­dren when the bank gave way un­der her.

The body of Re­joice St­ed­fast, mother of 11, was re­cov­ered from the Haupiri River in the Grey Dis­trict about 8am yes­ter­day.

St­ed­fast and a group of chil­dren had gone to check on the river on Thurs­day evening when the bank col­lapsed and she was swept away.

She was mar­ried to Valiant St­ed­fast and was the daugh­ter-in­law of Glo­ri­avale sec­re­tary and trea­surer Fer­vent St­ed­fast, and sis­ter to Ruth, wife of the late Glo­ri­avale founder Hope­ful Chris­tian. A Glo­ri­avale spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment.

A po­lice spokesman said Search and Res­cue had re­cov­ered a woman’s body. The death will be re­ferred to the coro­ner.

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