Navy diver dies after underwater incident

Able Communications Technician Zachary Christopher Yarwood died after an incident during a navy dive training exercise. - Photo: Supplied

The Navy diver taken to hospital following an underwater incident in Auckland's Waitematā Harbour has died in hospital.

Zachary Christopher Yarwood, 23, died in North Shore Hospital yesterday afternoon after training on an advanced diving course.

A Defence Force spokesperson said the Royal New Zealand Navy member was about 8m underwater during advanced diver training when the incident occurred.

His colleagues gave him first aid and emergency services were called.

Police were called to the incident off Devonport wharf about 9.50pm on Monday. St John Ambulance said the sailor was taken to North Shore Hospital.

The NZDF said the navy was supporting the sailor's family.

Police, WorkSafe and the Coroner are investigating. The NZDF will be conducting a Court of Inquiry.

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