Emergency services rush to 'serious' jet boat crash in central Otago

One person has died after a serious jet boat crash in the Central Otago Lakes District, police have confirmed.

Police say the fatal incident happened at about 1:30pm near Hawea Flat, just north of Wanaka.

The crash is believed to have involved a vessel that was part of a race organised by the New Zealand Jet Boat River Racing Association.

Two people were in the crash. One of those has now been flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital for treatment after suffering moderate to serious injuries.

The other person has died.

Maritime New Zealand has been notified of the crash.

The Swift Water Rescue team has also been called out to assist with the scene examination.

Police say it will take some time for emergency services to establish a cause, as the scene is difficult to access.

The latest incident comes just a day after a jet boat crashed on the Shotover River in Queenstown, leaving nine people injured.


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