Mystery over man rescued from Wellington harbour near Eastbourne video

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Carpenter Jon Derrick helped rescue a man from Wellington Harbour.

The identity of a man rescued from drowning in Wellington Harbour by a teenage girl on Monday remains a mystery, with police appealing for the public's help.

The man was in a critical condition in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit but two days after he was plucked from the water, police were no closer to knowing his identity.

Payge Olds of Lower Hutt and her cousin Kelly McKay from Paraparaumu were widely praised for their efforts to save him after he called for help near Burdan's Gate, Eastbourne about 10.30pm on Monday.

Kelly McKay, 15, and her cousin Payge Olds, 16, helped to rescue a swimmer near Eastbourne on Monday.
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Kelly McKay, 15, and her cousin Payge Olds, 16, helped to rescue a swimmer near Eastbourne on Monday.

Payge rushed into the water to help him, without thinking of the danger to herself.

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Two men then swam out to help her and the three maneuvered the man back to the beach.

Fifteen-year-old Kelly then took charge, beginning CPR until emergency services arrived.

The man was clothed, but no form of identification was found with him and no friends or family have come forward.

"Unfortunately due to his condition, Police has been unable to speak with him and he was not carrying any identification that could help us find out who he is," Detective Sergeant Grant Carroll, of Hutt Valley CIB, said.

Police have taken the "unusual step" of releasing his photo in the hope someone would recognise him.

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"We're confident that someone out there must know he is, and we ask them to please make contact with us urgently so we can find his family and speak with them as soon as possible," Carroll said.

"Given his critical status, time is of the essence."

 - The Dominion Post


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