Man's body pulled from river
A man who died after he being swept down the Pohangina River last night was a 72-year-old Palmerston North man.
Police say they are unlikely to release the man's name, as his death was a suspected suicide.
The man's body was recovered from the Pohangina River about 1 kilometre downstream of the Raumai Reserve about 5.15pm on Wednesday.
Police were basing their investigation around the reserve where the man's van was left on the riverbank.
Senior Constable Mark Glentworth said police were called to the scene after a witness saw the man acting suspiciously.
The witness then went back to the river and tried to find the man, but he had floated away.
By the time police arrived the man was dead and his body had been carried downstream in the fast-flowing current, Glentworth said.
The Palmerston North rescue helicopter spotted the man's body submerged in the river about 25 minutes after police were called and was used to retrieve the body, flying it back to the reserve.
Glentworth said that with light fading as police arrived he was relieved the man could be found before dark.
''It was a very well coordinated inter-agency response'', he said.
Police used spotlights to investigate the scene where he entered the river into the night, and from that had a ''greater understanding as to the events surrounding his entry into the water'', he said.
The man's family were now being supported by police.
The matter would be referred to the coroner.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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