Manslaughter charge after Tauranga boating death

Clayton Patrick Nathan-Graves' body was on this small boat, which ran aground near Mauao in October. Photo: Cameron Avery/SunLive.

Police have today charged a 44-year-old man with manslaughter following a boating incident in Tauranga last October.

The man has appeared in Tauranga District Court this morning and has been remanded on bail to appear again on May 20.

Western Bay of Plenty Area Manager: Investigations, Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says the charges relate to the death of Clayton Patrick Nathan-Graves, who was found deceased on a boat following an incident in the Tauranga Harbour entrance on October 5, 2019.

"An investigation into the incident was undertaken by Western Bay of Plenty Police alongside Maritime New Zealand investigators.

"Police and Maritime NZ would like to acknowledge the assistance received from the public following the incident, and throughout the investigation.

"As the matter is now before the Courts neither Police nor Maritime New Zealand will be making any further comment at this time."

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