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Multiple fatalities in New Zealand boating tragedy

AFP  |  Wellington 

There were multiple fatalities in a boating accident in today, police said, but they were unable to immediately confirm the death toll.

"A number of people have died after a boat got into difficulty in Kaipara Harbour this afternoon," police said in a statement.

"At least six other people have been rescued and are receiving medical treatment."

Local media said 11 people were believed to be in the water after a chartered fishing boat overturned near a bar at the entrance to the harbour north of city.

The vessel, called The Francie, is listed as a 12-metre long boat that can carry a maximum of 22 people.

Police said four aircraft and the coastguard were searching for people in the water.

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 13:22 IST