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 SOUTHERNWOOD||of Newton Road, Auckland. Owner of the Lorraine|
|Mr H CHAPPELL||of Valley Road, Mt Eden|
|Mr T CULHANE||of Hopetoun Street, Auckland|
|Mr N ROBSON||of Arthur Street, Ponsonby, Auckland|
|Mr Axel RONALDSON||of Tairua who was lost overboard from the launch Elida|
The other occupants from the launch Lorraine who were saved were;
|Mr W WALSH||of John Street, Ponsonby|
|Mr T JENKINS||of Auckland|
|Mr Tilston CORY-WRIGHT||of 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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