Kiwi killed in Bermuda boating accident

A New Zealander has died in a boating accident in Bermuda, where the America's Cup yachting tournament is presently taking place.

Two vessels collided on Thursday night (local time) in Hamilton Harbour. A 26-year-old man was driving a 5m boat when it collided with a 3m inflatable carrying three tourists, who were thrown overboard.

New Zealander Mary Elizabeth McKee, 62, died from her injuries, Bermuda police have confirmed. The other two occupants of the inflatable and the driver of the larger boat were injured, and are currently receiving treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The 26-year-old has also been arrested on suspicion of operating a vessel while impaired. He passed a breath test, but remains in custody.

It's not known if the deceased was linked to Team New Zealand, or there to watch the racing.

"This has been such a sad and tragic event, and we extend our sincerest and deepest condolences to the family of the victim and hope for a swift recovery of those injured," said Minister of National Security Jeff Baron.

"The Bermuda Police Service continues their investigation into this matter and will keep the public abreast of developments.

"I wish to stress that the public safety of all attending the various events across our Island is of paramount concern for our security services personnel; and we continue to encourage care and caution during this very busy time in Bermuda."