NZ Sailor Dies in Rarotonga - Release 3

23 June 2012
Able Seaman Combat Specialist William Paratini Delamere.

Able Seaman Combat Specialist William Paratini Delamere, the NZ Defence Force sailor who died in Rarotonga yesterday, will be brought back to New Zealand later next week.

ASCS Delamere was involved in a motor scooter accident while on leave in Rarotonga. Personnel from HMNZS OTAGO were First Aid responders and accompanied ASCS Delamere to Rarotonga Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead at 0130 local time.

The Defence Force is working with the Police and Coroner's Officer, and we are working to return ASCS Delamere to his family as quickly and expeditiously as possible, while supporting his partner and family in this process.

Commander of HMNZS OTAGO Commander David McEwan said, "The tragic death of Able Seaman Combat Specialist William Delamere or Delz as he was known to his friend and shipmates, has been keenly felt by the Officers and Ship's Company of HMNZS OTAGO currently deployed to the South Pacific.

"He was a young man with an enormous future and was widely respected as a person who could be relied upon to get on with the job without complaint and such a person is essential to the efficient operations undertaken by OTAGO. To that end, William was never shy of getting stuck in and supporting his shipmates as they went about the many and varied tasks whilst on deployment.

"Intelligent and of cheeky nature and quick wit, William embodied the very spirit of a young sailor enjoying his life at sea performing a role that offered him comradeship, exciting challenges and many rewarding moments. He was a wonderful part of the youth and vibrancy that makes OTAGO such a special ship upon which to serve and he will be deeply missed.

"The thoughts and prayers of the Commanding Officer, Officers and Ship's Company are very much with his partner and family in NZ at this time of great sadness."

The Defence Force asks the media to respect the privacy of the family, friends and shipmates at this time.

No further information will be provided before Monday.


For more information please contact: Defence Communications Group on 021 569 130.

This page was last reviewed on 23 June 2012.