Experienced Spearfisher dies in New Zealand

Eric De Vries, an experienced free diver, has died while spearfishing off the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand on Saturday 3rd December 2011.

Eric failed to surface as scheduled about 11.20am, after he had  been spotted spearing a kingfish and was brought ashore about 12.40pm.

Dave Mullins, former AIDA Dynamic (DYN) World Record Holder, was diving close by when the alarm was raised and was instrumental to the rescue attempts.

Mullins, talking to stuff.co.nz, said that Mr De Vries was a very experienced spearfisher and was unlikely to have been overexcited at having caught a large fish.

Mr De Vries leaves behind a wife, two teenage sons and a 24 year old daughter.