3 victims ID’d in fatal New Zealand boat crash involving whale

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Heartbroken relatives and friends have identified three of those killed in a boat capsize in New Zealand on Saturday.

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Eleven passengers were aboard a 28-foot charter boat they had hired for a bird-watching expedition when it capsized in Goose Bay near the South Island town of Kaikoura.

Emergency teams rescued six people on the ship, while five did not survive. The remains of all five were recovered from inside the ship.

A helicopter and a rescue boat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.
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The group were members of the Nature Photography Society of New Zealand, which rented the ship for three hours to photograph the birds.

Officials have not released the names of the victims, but family and friends have begun to identify and pay tribute to them in the media.

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The first to be recognized are Susan Cade, Kathy Haddock and Peter Charles Hockley. Guardian,

Cade and Haddock were friends for a long time.

Cade was identified as one of the victims by former Wellington Mayor Celsia Wade-Brown, who had known her through the Wellington Sea Kayaking Network for nearly 10 years.

Haddock was pronounced dead by her husband Peter Simpson.

Simpson said, “She was too many people and if there is such a thing, I might accuse her of having too many friends.” told AM show Monday morning.

“She just had time for everyone and she managed to fit everyone into her world. I don’t know how he did it.”

Hockley was identified among the dead by his daughter, who asked to remain anonymous.

Peter Hockley was identified by his daughter as one of the victims, as authorities have not released the names of the victims.
Peter Hockley was identified by his daughter as one of the victims, as authorities have not released the names of the victims.

She said that he was a “wonderful father” and a kind person who loved photography.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is investigating the tragic boat accident that occurred when the waters were calm.

Mayor of Kaikoura Craig Maclay National broadcaster RNZ . told They believed that the boat capsized when a whale came upstairs to wind beneath it.

    The boat is believed to have capsized due to a whale coming for air under the boat.
The boat is believed to have capsized due to a whale coming for air under the boat.
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“We have an inverted boat that the whale has grasped from the bottom, which we can understand,” he said.

Kaikoura is a popular whale-watching destination, with large numbers of whales frequenting its waters.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is asking witnesses to provide some details about what happened during the incident.

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