28 Aug 2014

NZ officials in Samoa to investigate fisherman's death

7:54 pm on 28 August 2014

New Zealand investigators have arrived in Samoa to look into the death of a New Zealand fisherman on a purse seiner at the weekend.

Nelson fisherman, 27 year old Leighton Muir, was killed on the Captain MJ Souza on Sunday in the waters around Kiribati.

The vessel is now in Samoa and Maritime New Zealand and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission officials are to investigate the death.

A statement from Tony Hazlett, general manager of Talley's Group which owns the vessel, says it appears the fatality was due to a catastrophic gear failure during routine fishing operations.

The vessel supplies fish to the Starkist Samoa tuna cannery in American Samoa.