American Woman Dies Dolphin Swimming with Dolphin Watch Ecotours in New Zealand

PICTON, New Zealand, Oct. 22 (UPI) — A 27-year-old American woman died in waters off New Zealand while swimming with dolphins, police said.

The woman, while on a swimming excursion Tuesday with Dolphin Watch Ecotours in the Marlborough Sounds near Picton New Zealand, went in the water mid-morning and was later spotted floating face-down, the Dominion Post reported.

Emergency officials were contacted while other swimmers on the tour lifted the woman onto the tour boat. A doctor on the trip and coast guard workers tried unsuccessfully to revive the woman, whose name was not reported.

The woman’s mother and husband were also on the trip, the newspaper said.

Dan and Amy Engelhaupt, Dolphin Watch Ecotour’s directors and marine biologists from the United States, had initially intended to hold a press conference, but were advised by police not to speak with media about the incident, the Dominion Post said.

“The Engelhaupts were well-respected operators who had built up a good business since moving to Picton about five years ago,” Marlborough District Mayor Alistair Sowman said.

No cause of death was reported and an autopsy was scheduled, the newspaper said.

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