Drowning victim named by police

A teenager who drowned earlier this week at Haruru in the Bay of Islands has today been named by police.

He was 19-year old Campesi Gino Huch, a Samoan resident who had been staying with family in Auckland.

Mr Huch was swimming with family in the Waitangi River at Lily Pond, when he disappeared under the water at about 3:30pm on Tuesday.

He was found some time later by family members and ambulance staff, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, police said.

Three people drowned over the Christmas holiday period, making it the lowest Christmas toll in six years.

An average of 10 people drowned during the previous five Christmas periods.

- APNZ

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