Vivian Fosse, a 54-year-old New Zealander living in Norway, drowned at Mount Maunganui just over the weekends. According to the police, she was swimming at the beach with a group of family and friends when she got into difficulty.
“She was found unresponsive face down in the water about 20metres off shore a short time later by a surfer who took her to shore. Efforts to revive her failed,” stated Senior Sergeant Glen Saunders. As of now, the case has been referred to the coroner, who will be in charge of determining the cause of death. At approximately 6pm, the woman was pulled out from the water along the stretch of coast towards Sutherland Ave. Both the ambulance as well as police officers were the first ones to arrive to the scene. Despite their best efforts to revive her, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several minutes after the ambulance and police arrived, off-duty lifeguards, Callum Knox and Andrew Roy were on their way behind. They discovered a 16-year-old Hamilton teenager in the water from the very far end of Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach and managed to pull him out. He was caught in a rip while swimming. Thankfully, the lifeguards were driving past on a quad bike and the boy’s uncle managed to catch their attention. “There was a lot of water moving out there – it only took about 30secs to swim a couple of hundred metres out to him but it took us a good few minutes to get back in. “He was certainly pretty grateful we were able to help him out,” said Andrew, the one who swum out and helped him back safely to shore.
Just a day before this, voluntary lifeguards were performing a number of preventative actions and attending to an incident on the flanks of Mauao, where a 63-year-old woman was air-lifted off and taken to a nearby hospital. “Last night’s death was a tragic reminder of the need to treat the ocean with the utmost respect. We’d strongly encourage swimmers to stay within their limits and to take extra care when swimming on unpatrolled beaches, especially at the end of the day when they might be tired,” said Paul Treanor, Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service chairman. For the full story, you can read it here.