23 June 2012
A New Zealand Defence Force sailor has died in an accident in Rarotonga today.
Maritime Component Commander Commodore John Martin said, "We are saddened by this loss and, on behalf of the entire New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of the sailor."
Next of kin are in the process of being informed and our priority is to provide comfort and support to the family and shipmates.
The sailor was serving on the HMNZS OTAGO which is currently in the Pacific conducting maritime patrols.
The New Zealand Defence Force will not release the name of the sailor or circumstances surrounding the incident in order to allow time for the wider family to be informed.
Further details will be released once next of kin have been informed. Until then no further comment will be made.
For further information please call: Defence Communications Group media phone 021 569 130