This incident is interesting to say the least;
Snorkeller's death highlights safety issues
Last updated 11:41 27/06/2012
The death of a Christchurch man who drowned while snorkelling in the Cook Islands highlights the need for safety regulations, a coroner says.
The Cook Islands, a popular holiday spot for thousands of New Zealanders every year, has no safety regulations for commercial snorkelling operations.
Graeme Leslie Parker, 37, was snorkelling with his wife, Huia, just three days after their wedding when he got into difficulty.
The pair were snorkelling off One Foot Island, part of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, on October 26, 2009.
Coroner Christopher Devonport found Parker died from drowning and likely cardiac arrhythmia, with the physical exertion of swimming and snorkelling contributing factors.
Parker, who was obese and had diabetes, had never been snorkelling before, but when he told the boat's captain he was told to be ready for an ''amazing experience''.
All the participants entered the water without a safety briefing.
The boat was moved to deeper water, with only the captain on board, as two other staff members had been dropped at the island to prepare lunch.