An experienced soldier who died off the coast of the Coromandel will be remembered as a leader, father, family man and all round top bloke.
Sergeant Wayne Taylor died while taking part in a counter terrorism exercise boarding a container ship early this morning.
Defence Minister Mark Mitchell told Larry Williams Sergeant Taylor would have received immediate medical care.
Sergeant Taylor was evacuated by helicopter and administered medical care but did not survive.
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