Wife dies during couple's diving trip

Police remain at the scene in Island Bay (Dan Pannett / Newshub.)
Police remain at the scene in Island Bay (Dan Pannett / Newshub.)

A husband is in mourning after a diving excursion with his wife in Wellington ended with her death.

Emergency services were called to Island Bay around 2pm this afternoon when the 37-year-old woman got into "distress" near the end of the couple's 45-minute dive.

Officer in charge of the police national dive squad Senior Sergeant Bruce Adams says the husband needed help from passersby to bring her to shore.

"The ambulance service arrived and tried CPR for a length of time but unfortunately she was not able to be revived," he says.

The couple were "relatively close to shore" when the incident happened. Snr Sgt Adams wasn't sure how experienced the woman was at diving.

However, her death -- the fourth diving-related death in the region since December -- served as a "timely reminder".

"Unfortunately staff have just returned from recovering two people from Great Barrier as well, so it's a timely reminder for all involved in the sport to take care of what they're doing, their own wellbeing, their health and being familiar with the conditions their diving in, how fit they are, their experience in the water, and making sure they're sticking to their own capabilities."

Snr Sgt Adams says the husband is traumatised by the incident, and they'll be taking their time before interviewing him about what happened.