Drowning of German vacationer at harmful Northland seashore ‘tragic’ – coroner

A German vacationer drowned on a “notoriously harmful” stretch of seashore the place there have been no indicators warning of the perils of swimming, a coroner’s report has discovered.

Carolin Jentsch, 23, drowned at Hukatere Beach in Northland’s Pukenui on December 14, 2016, Coroner Morag McDowell dominated in a just lately printed resolution.


Two years earlier than Jentsch drowned, 16-year-old Jarod Lineses drowned on the identical seashore, she stated.

German tourist Carolin Klara Emma Jentsch, 23, died from an accidental drowning at Northland's Hukatere Beach on December 14, 2016.


German vacationer Carolin Klara Emma Jentsch, 23, died from an unintentional drowning at Northland’s Hukatere Seashore on December 14, 2016.


That earlier dying prompted Coroner Katharine Greig, in December 2017, to advocate the Far North District Council put up water security indicators on the remoted seashore.

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Indicators warning of sturdy currents, giant waves, and that the seashore was not patrolled, had been lastly put up on December 19, 2018.


Coroner McDowell stated Jentsch was swimming on the seashore when she obtained into issue.

After quite a lot of makes an attempt to rescue and revive her, she died on the scene.


Her household’s objections to a autopsy examination meant Coroner McDowell decided her reason behind dying from the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Coroner McDowell stated quite a lot of witnesses noticed Jentsch stepping into bother within the water.

The findings stated Jentsch and two different girls she was with had determined to go for a swim.


One of many girls, Juliane, was a much less assured swimmer and stayed within the shallows.

“In her assertion to this inquiry Juliane commented that originally the ocean didn’t look dangerous. Nonetheless, as soon as she obtained into it she realised that the waves had been fairly massive and robust,” Coroner McDowell stated.

“She might really feel the pull of the water and located it ‘actually exhausting to get out’.”


Paul Desmond, who was accumulating shellfish on the seashore, observed about 10 minutes after the ladies entered the water that he might solely see one in every of them.

Instantly believing the others had been in bother, he ran to different beachgoers and requested them to name emergency providers.

He then ran to his lodge to select up a surfboard and life jacket to aim a rescue.


One other vacationer, Peter Wugeditsch, went into the water and noticed a gaggle of three about 50 metres off the seashore, trying panicked and going underneath the water.

Two girls managed to get again to shore, however Jentsch continued to float out.

Desmond went to seek out Jentsch after seeing the opposite two had been protected. He discovered her face down, about 200m off shore, blue and unresponsive.


He obtained her onto his board and commenced CPR however waves knocked them each off the board.

After returning to shore for his personal security, Wugeditsch swam out once more to aim a rescue, however waves made him lose maintain of Jentsch.

Off-duty police officer senior constable Darren Critchley ran right down to the seashore to assist. He managed to seek out Jentsch within the waves and swam her again to shore.


A fireplace truck had arrived however efforts to revive her had been unsuccessful.

Coroner McDowell stated photographs from the day Jentsch drowned confirmed it was a “reasonably superb” day, however Critchley stated sea circumstances had been very tough.

“The waves had been about 2m excessive and breaking to over 100m offshore.


“He described Hukatere Seashore as being notoriously harmful for swimming in these sorts of circumstances.”

Witnesses, in addition to Critchley, stated there was an absence of signage warning of the risks of swimming within the space, Coroner McDowell stated.

Coroner McDowell stated Jentsch’s dying was the “results of a tragic accident at a time when she was experiencing the adventures of abroad journey”.