Man pulled from Wellington Harbour dies in hospital

Boobesh Palani, who died on April 3 after being pulled from the harbour on March 30.
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Boobesh Palani, who died on April 3 after being pulled from the harbour on March 30.

A man dragged from Wellington Harbour by a group which included two teenage girls, has died in hospital.

Hutt Valley Police said Indian international student Boobesh Palani, 26, died on Friday at Wellington Hospital surrounded by friends.

Detective Sergeant Grant Carroll said police have spoken to Palani's family who wanted to thank the Wellington community for their support during the last few days.

"This is a tragedy but thanks to the public's help we were able to establish Mr Palani's identity which meant his friends were at his side for his final few days," Carroll said.

Police were continuing to make inquiries into the events leading up to the accident.

The attempted rescue happened near Eastbourne when the man's cries were heard from 50m off the coast at 10.30pm on Monday.

Payge Olds, 16, and carpenter Jon Derrick leapt in the water and dragged the man back to the beach, where the pair and Olds' 15-year-old cousin Kelly McKay gave him CPR till emergency services arrived.

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