Media Statement from Hutt Valley Police

Media Statement from Hutt Valley Police

Wellington

Hutt Valley Police regret to announce that the 26 year-old man rescued from the sea at Eastbourne on Monday has passed away.

Mr Boobesh Palani died this morning at Wellington Hospital surrounded by friends.

Detective Sergeant Grant Carroll said Police have spoken to Mr Palani’s family who would like to thank the Wellington community for their support over 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.”

Police are continuing to make enquiries into the events leading up to the accident. Mr Palani's death has also been referred to the coroner.

ENDS

For more information contact Kevin Sinnott on 026 101082