Police name fishermen found dead in Breaksea Sound

  • 28/02/2016
Police name fishermen found dead in Breaksea Sound

Police have named the two fishermen found dead in Breaksea Sound yesterday.

The bodies of James Hansen, aged 63 of Dunedin, and Teone Taiaroa, aged 81 of Otakou, and their vessel were recovered in Fiordland yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services found the first body along with the wreckage of the FV Marina in Breaksea Sound, prompting a wider search that led to the discovery of the second body later in the evening.

Mr Taiaroa is the cousin of George Taiaroa, who was shot dead almost three years ago while working with a roading crew north of Taupo.

Mr Taiaroa and Mr Hanson were experienced fishermen and their vessel had had a mechanical problem, the Otago Daily Times reports.

Mr Taiaroa is from Otakou on the Otago Peninsula. The local Two iwi posted a message on its Facebook paying tribute to him.

"Much aroha to the Taiaroa whanau with their loss of Te Matenga Taiaroa," the post said.

Mr Taiaroa was a well-respected elder and was also related to the Ellison family, who launched Otakou Fisheries in the 1940s, the Southland Times reports.

Mr Taiaroa's brother and grandfather had also died at sea.