Teenager named as victim of Christmas Day diving incident, Pourerere Beach
A teenager who died while diving at Pourerere Beach in Central Hawke's Bay on Christmas Day has been named as Jade Gray.
The 17-year-old was from Ōtāne.
Emergency services attended the incident following a report about 8:50am on December 25 "concerning a person who had been in difficulty in the water".
While medical assistance was provided the person sadly died at the scene, police said at the time.
In a statement this afternoon, police extended their sympathies to Jade's family and loved ones.
On the day of the incident, Central Hawke's Bay District Council shared their "deep respect and sympathy" regarding the tragic death.
A council spokeswoman said the mana whenua placed a rahui from Pauanui Beach to Aramoana Beach for five days after the death.
Diving and collecting of kaimoana was prohibited during that time.
The death has been referred to the Coroner.