A man has died after diving into the Mahurangi River, in Warkworth.
Paramedics tried to rescue a man who died in a car that crashed into a river in north Auckland Saturday afternoon, a witness said.
Tahi Bar and Kitchen owner Gareth Hedges revealed he saw people jumping into the Mahurangi Warkworth River as they tried to free the driver from inside the submerged car after he crashed through a playing field and plunged into the water near the intersection of Baxter St and Queens St.
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“People jumped into the water to get the driver out, but couldn’t get to it because the car was on its side with the driver’s side stuck in the mud,” Hedges recalled.
Hedges said he did not see the car plummeting into the river but heard him “screaming down the road” where he “launched” over the roundabout, through a playing field and into the water.
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“We legged it across the road,” he said. “It was quite a scene of chaos.”
Hedges said it was incredible that no spectators were hurt when the accident happened.
“There were children on the playground and parents who saw the car come and pull their children out of the way,” he said.
Police were called to the scene shortly after 5pm, but by the time they managed to get into the car, they found the only occupant dead, police said.
The Serious Fall Unit has been alerted and investigations into the circumstances of the accident are underway.