Sunday, August 7, 2011
Man Chops Off Own Head With Homemade Hovercraft
New Zealand Man Decapitated by Homemade Hovercraft
August 03, 2011
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand man was decapitated in front of his family while taking a home-made hovercraft on a test run, according to reports Wednesday.
Police said the 40-year-old, whose name has not been released, died instantly when he was struck by a propeller blade while using the hovercraft at Muriwai beach, west of Auckland, on Sunday, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Spectators described the scene at the beach as "a bloody mess," with hair, brain matter and pieces of the man's skull strewn across the sand.
The newspaper said it was the first time the man had driven the hovercraft, which he had assembled from a kit.
Police plan to interview members of the man's family about the death.
"Some of them were present on the beach," police sergeant Colin Nuttall told Fairfax Media.
An engineer was examining the remains of the hovercraft and the death was referred to the coroner. The hovercraft will be given a proper burial by the kit manufacturer, to cover up the evidence.
Nuttall told the Herald that New Zealand did not have regulations covering recreational hovercrafts, provided they were not used on roads.
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