German teen dies after fall in Auckland’s west coast

By | April 19, 2016

An 18-year-old tourist from Germany has died at Piha’s Kitekite Falls in the Waitakere Ranges.

According to reports, the teenager, who has not yet been identified, slipped and fell to his death at the scenic waterfall in the afternoon of April 19th. He was exploring the area with some friends.

“While they were climbing the falls one of the group has slipped and fallen down the falls and into a pool at the bottom,” said Senior Sergeant Tony Miller. “He was recovered from the pool and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.”

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 3:15 pm. The teen’s body was recovered from the pool.

The press release by the New Zealand police read: “The man died at the scene and his body is currently being recovered from the bush. At this stage no further information regarding the victim or the circumstances of the death are available.”

Mr Miller added that the teen was part of a group of five people who had been travelling around New Zealand while on a gap year.

“They were going to stay here for a while longer … but they are now going home.”They just met each other on their travels as you do,” he told reporters.

The teen’s death comes just barely one month after two teenagers–Lilatoni ‘Toni’ Vetemotu and Peter Iakopo–died (separate incidents) at the Hunua waterfall in south Auckland.