16 Feb 2016

Man charged over Taranaki drowning

4:24 pm on 16 February 2016

A 58-year-old Waitara man has been charged with manslaughter, following an investigation into a drowning in Taranaki last July.

A police spokesperson said Chinese national Erka Xu drowned in the Waitara river after the 4m inflatable boat he was in capsized last July.

Police allege the skipper failed to take the safety precautions required by law.