Police name dead man

01:51, Feb 21 2014
Thomas Hall
DIED: Thomas Tui Hall, 33, was swimming with a group of friends at the Pohangina River.

Police have released the name of the man who died near the Raumai Reserve bridge.

Palmerston North man Thomas Tui Hall, 33, was swimming with a group of friends at the Pohangina River near the Raumai Reserve bridge when members of the group climbed a rope on a cliff face about 5.45pm on Wednesday.

As Mr Hall was jumping, he hit his head on a rock, falling 15 metres into the water below.

Bystanders at the crowded river-side spot rushed to help him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Kaine Austin said yesterday that police were still talking to witnesses to get a clearer picture of the events that led to Mr Hall's death.

Mr Austin said they would also be talking with both the Manawatu District Council and Horizons Regional Council about river safety awareness.

Mr Hall's death was not considered suspicious, he said.

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