Coroner recommends safety guide for ocean swimmers after man fatally struck by boat

A Stuff article.

Advice for recreational ocean swimmers needs to be developed in response to Auckland teacher Leslie Gelberger’s death, a coroner has said.

Gelberger died on April 20, 2017, at the age of 45, after being struck by a Ports of Auckland vessel while swimming from Narrow Neck to North Head in the Waitematā Harbour.

Ports of Auckland, and the vessel’s skipper Grant More, were charged by Maritime New Zealand in relation to the incident and pleaded guilty and were sentenced in 2020.

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