Bev Hiscox and her two grandsons Luka and JJ Sirett are named because the trio who died on Sunday in a farm pond in Raetihi.
Family spokesman Elijah Pue addressed a news conference on Monday afternoon, saying “the families mourn and the community mourns with them.”
The families are “deeply saddened by this tragic course of events which resulted in the loss of their Mum and Nanny, and her two grandsons”, family spokesman Elijah Pue said during a statement.
Pue has this afternoon delivered a tribute on behalf of the family.
“It’s really sad and it is a real tragedy not just for the family but the wider community,” he said.
Police have revealed more details about what happened during a tragic farm accident near Raetihi on Sunday.
A 66-year-old woman and her two grandchildren, boys aged five and 10, died in the incident, after the side-by-side off-road vehicle they were in crashed into a farm pond.
Police said they were called to the property within the Ruapehū district, just after 11am after the vehicle crashed into a dam.
Four people were riding in vehicle when it crashed, however a 69-year-old man – understood to be the boys’ grandfather – managed to free himself.
The remaining three people were unable to get out of the vehicle and had already died by the time emergency services pulled them out of the pond.
The surviving man was taken to Whanganui Hospital by helicopter with moderate injuries.
All those involved belonged to the same family, police said.
Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron told RNZ the incident was an “absolute tragedy” for the community.
“One member of the family had left his work when he heard something had happened and he had jumped off to a digger which was parked nearby, rode it down and went to the dam to block the water levels so he could get to the vehicle,” Cameron told Morning Report.
The water within the pond was roughly 3-4 metres deep, he said.
The principal of Ohakune Primary confirmed two of its students had died within the incident, according to NZME.
Enquiries into the circumstances resulting in the crash are ongoing and police and victim support are providing assistance to members of the family.
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