New Zealand expat dies diving in Australia

Published:  8 Mar at 4 PM
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A 19-year-old New Zealand man has died while diving in Australia after attempting a 30-metre free dive off Queensland’s Moreton Island.

The man, who has been identified as Sam Brown, had been on a diving trip with three friends when the accident occurred at around 7:30am on Saturday morning. It has been reported that he left New Zealand for Australia’s Gold Coast with his parents and two brothers in 2007.

His mother, Maree Hutton, said that he had developed a passion for free diving and spear fishing since moving to Australia, adding that he was a lovely kid who everyone loved. She went on to say that he had returned to the New Zealand town of Piha in 2013 to compete in the National Surfing Championships and wanted to be a primary school teacher after completing his education.

Brisbane Police revealed that two of Brown’s dive partners had free-dived over 30 metres in an attempt to save him after he had blacked out near the surface.

Water Police Sergeant Shaun Harrison said that after “pushing through the normal human boundaries to rescue their mate”, they were able to grab hold of him and pull him back to the surface, but sadly they couldn’t save him.
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