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Kiwi woman killed in Bermuda boat crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017 Karen Sweeney

A New Zealand woman has been killed in a boating accident in Bermuda where America's Cup qualifying is under way.

Bermuda Police Services confirmed the death of 62-year-old Mary Elizabeth McKee on Thursday (local time) and say her 69-year-old husband is in a serious condition in hospital.

The couple and a 26-year-old British man were reportedly thrown overboard when their inflatable Zodiac and another vessel collided in Hamilton Harbour shortly before 11pm.

"The Bermuda Police Service extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased," the police statement said.

"Her 69-year-old husband also from New Zealand and the operator of the Zodiac, a 26-year-old male UK visitor, both received serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital's Intensive Care Unit."

A 26-year-old local man who was driving the other boat is in police custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of impaired operation of a watercraft.

It's not known if the couple are connected to Team New Zealand, who are currently competing in the America's Cup.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing support to Mrs McKee's family.

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