Man killed in skydiving accident named
The man killed in a skydiving accident in Mount Maunganui was 21-year-old Theo Williams, of Hamilton.
Police reported the man died on his way to hospital, after skydiving near Kittyhawk Way, Mount Maunganui on Saturday morning.
Police have released his name tonight and extend their sympathies to Mr Williams’ family and friends.
The Civil Aviation Authority is sending two investigators to Tauranga on Monday to determine what happened. WorkSafe is also investigating.
Police continue to make enquiries into the circumstances of the incident on behalf of the Coroner.
It’s believed Theo worked for Tauranga Skydive but had been skydiving alone on Saturday.
Theo Williams, seated in the middle of the table, surrounded by other members of the New Zealand Skydiving School. Photo: Supplied.
On a social media post from September 25, New Zealand Skydiving School congratulated Williams on getting his “A licence” and wished him a happy 21st birthday.
Williams joined the New Zealand Skydiving School course in July 2020, the post read.
The one year (32 week), full-time course consists of 200 skydives and delivers a formal NZQA approved skydiving qualification - a Diploma in Commercial Skydiving. This diploma includes a work placement module, where students are required to work full time on a commercial drop zone, in New Zealand or overseas, for 12 weeks.