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NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
TAIRUA BOATING DISASTER
FRIDAY 31 MARCH 1923

From the Te Puke Times 3 April 1923.

A Boating Disaster - Five Lives Lost - Launch Capsizes.

Saturday 31 March 1923

The loss of five lives was involved in a distressing fatality which ioccured on the Tairua Bar, some twenty miles from Mercury Bay, about nine o’clock. A resident of Tairua fell overboard for the launch Elida while crossing the bar, and in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the unfortunate man, the Auckland-owned launch Lorraine capsized and four of its occupants also drowned.

The names of the victims are;

Mr W S SOUTHERNWOODof Newton Road, Auckland. Owner of the Lorraine
Mr H CHAPPELLof Valley Road, Mt Eden
Mr T CULHANEof Hopetoun Street, Auckland
Mr N ROBSONof Arthur Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Mr Axel RONALDSONof Tairua who was lost overboard from the launch Elida

The other occupants from the launch Lorraine who were saved were;

Mr W WALSHof John Street, Ponsonby
Mr T JENKINSof Auckland
Mr Tilston CORY-WRIGHTof Tairua

The occupants of the launch Elida besides the deceased RONALDSON were Messrs Harold and Cyril CORY-WRIGHT and VIERA all of Tairua.



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