Wellington boy dies after incident at Gisborne beach

  • Updated
  • 26/01/2023

A child has died after an incident at a beach in Gisborne on Wednesday night.

Police confirmed to Newshub a child sustained injuries while at Waikanae beach.

Officers attended the incident with the victim dying a short time later.

"Our thoughts are with their family," police said.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand spokesperson Rob McGregor told Newshub the child who died was a boy from Wellington. 

He said the beach was officially closed due to water quality at the time of the incident and he understood lifeguards were not on duty.

The beach has recently been covered in debris including large logs due to several severe weather events in the region.

It comes as police are working to identify a person who was found dead in the water near the southern end of Kāpiti Island on Wednesday evening.