‘It’s bloody shocking’: Boy, 6, dies after falling overboard

The body of a 6-year-old boy has been found after he fell off a boat in Marlborough.

The boy was reported missing from Havelock about 6.30am today, police said.

It is understood the boy had been on a boat with his father and fell overboard.

The police dive squad recovered the body following a short search, the spokesperson said.

The dive squad arrived about 1.45pm and quickly found a body, which has been confirmed as the missing boy. The body had been retrieved by 3pm.

Havelock locals who spoke to the Herald said they were feeling very sad about it.

One shopkeeper who worked nearby said the town was in shock.

He said there had been a high Police presence in the town earlier looking for the boy and then the Police dive squad arrived just after 1pm and found the boy very quickly.

“Everyone is pretty sad about it. Pretty distraught.

“It’s bloody shocking.”

He said they had not been told much other than that the boy had been with his dad on a boat. It was unknown if the boy was local.

Police said next of kin have been advised and the matter referred to the Coroner.

A post-mortem has also been requested.

It comes less than two weeks after 9-year-old Emily Branje was swept away and died while whitebaiting with extended family at the Hokitika River mouth on September 27.

Her body was found days later near the mouth of the Grey River near Cobden on the West Coast.