Two people have died in New Caledonia in a crash of two water taxis off one of Noumea’s main beaches.

The accident happened at night when the water taxis were due to pick up people from a small island off the beach where they had been for dinner.

Those who died were a man piloting one boat and a woman passenger in the other boat.

The circumstances of the accidents are not immediately clear.

A third person is reported missing.