Tragedy on the water at Raglan

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Tributes are flowing for a teenager who tragically died after jumping from a bridge – and popular swimming spot – in Raglan today.

The 16-year-old, who is yet to be named by authorities, was among a group of teenagers jumping from Te Kopua Bridge.

Friends and family members have begun paying tribute to the young man, who many acknowledge was a nice, happy kid who enjoyed the water.

One teen wrote: “Bro, I know we weren’t very good friends, but I know we were close enough for me to call you a brother. Haere atu ra my brother. We will miss you.”

A relative said she was “hurting hard” following the news of her young cousin’s sudden death.

“You will always be in my heart, cousin … Love you forever.”

The boy died after he was struck by another bridge jumper and became submerged.

See NZ Herald

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