SLSNZ Acknowledges Fatality at Piha, Auckland 

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

On the morning of the 27th of May 2022, the Police tasked the Piha Search & Rescue Squad and United North Piha Search & Rescue Squad to conduct a search for a suspected missing person. Lifeguards commenced the search with two Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB), a Rescue Water Craft and an All Terrain-Vehicle.

After searching for 1.5 hours an IRB and Police Eagle Helicopter located a deceased person in the water. Lifeguards waited at White’s Beach with the person before they were transported from the scene by the Police and Land SAR. 

At this sad time, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who died. We would like to acknowledge and thank the nine Lifeguards involved in searching the Piha area as well as the NZ Police, Eagle Helicopter and LandSAR who responded to the incident.