'Absolutely broken': Heartbreaking tributes flow for 13yo victim of Pauanui boating tragedy

Heartbreaking tributes are flowing for the young victim of a Coromandel beach boating tragedy.

On Sunday, 13-year-old Billy Crabb was being towed behind a boat on a sea biscuit at Pauanui Beach when he was run over by the propeller. Tragically, he died in the accident.

His passing is being mourned by friends and family, including his mates at the Hinuera Rugby and Sports Club, which posted a message to Facebook expressing their "incredible sadness" at his loss.

"It is with incredible sadness that we learn of the tragic passing of one our young club members, Billy Crabb," the club wrote.

"Billy was a fantastic captain, a true leader and an outstanding rugby talent who represented our club with pride and achieved at representative level.

"An amazing role model to his peers and our young junior rugby players. We were very lucky to have him as part of our club."

Another page, the Matamata Gwynne Shield 2017, also posted of their loss.

"Yesterday we were hit with the most devastating news. One of our young guys, Billy Crabb was tragically taken from us in a boating accident," they wrote.

"Our hearts are absolutely broken for [the] family. No words can describe the pain and sorrow we are all feeling for them right now."

A second person suffered multiple lacerations in the accident and was taken to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition. They are now in a stable condition.

Police say Billy's death will be referred to the Coroner.