Operations resume at Queenstown skydive company after death

American tourist Tyler Nii, 27,  from California, disappeared in Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, last Wednesday.
American tourist Tyler Nii, 27, from California, disappeared in Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, last Wednesday. Photo credit: Newshub

Skydives have resumed at the Queenstown skydiving company NZONE, following a fatal accident last week in which an American tourist went missing after a tandem jump. 

Tyler Nii, 27, from California, disappeared in Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, last Wednesday. 

Nii is still missing, and the operation to recover his body is continuing. 

His tandem skydiving instructor was recovered from the water following the incident and taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

 

Skydiving operations and commercial activity resumed at NZONE Skydive in Queenstown on Sunday after consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The company voluntarily suspended operations at the facility following the incident. 

The Deputy Director General Aviation CAA Steve Moore approved NZONE Skydive to resume operations at the weekend. 

NZONE Skydive executive director Anthony Ritter said, "This is a small but very important first step in beginning the healing process.

"I would like to again express my heartfelt condolences to the man's family and acknowledge the support of the wider skydiving community and the close-knit city of Queenstown during this difficult time."

Newshub.