Topic: Drowning in the Rakaia

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Boating tragedy at Rakaia River mouth.

Star , Issue 9706, 24 November 1909, Page 3:

 A BODY FOUND. Southbridge, November 24. The body of Miss Rountree , one of the victims Qf the drowning fatality, was found on the north side of the Rakaia River this afternoon. 

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 12607, 26 November 1909, Page 3: THE RAKAIA DISASTER.

(Per Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, last night.

The search for the remaining bodies of the victims of the boating fatality at the mouth of the Rakaia still continues, and last night another large party patrolled the beach to the north and south. None of the other bodies had been recovered up to midday today. It was hoped that the bodies might be cast up by the high tide at one o'clock this morning, but this did not happen.

A feature of the terrible accident is the manner in which the residents of the township and surrounding districts have so willingly aided in searching. Some of them have not been to bed since Monday night and they intend to go out again tonight.

At an inquest on the body of Miss Rountree, held at Southbndge today before Mr H. W. Bishop, Coroner, a verdict of accidental drowning was recorded. The body was conveyed to Christchurch by the morning train. Young Baxter is still in a hysterical condition, and is confined to his bed, consequently being unable to appear at the inquest.


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