MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Police – Bystanders jump into the water to rescue male in trouble

At approximately 10.35pm on Monday 30th March 2013 Wellington Police received a report of a male person in the water, near Burdons Gate in Eastbourne.

The male was yelling for help.

The following units responded

·         Hutt Police

·         Wellington Maritime Police

·         Westpac Rescue Helicopter

·         Ambulance Service, along with Eastbourne Volunteers and Seaview Fire Service

In the meantime persons on shore were trying to locate the location of the person in the water and once they located him with a torch, they saw he was in difficulty and his head went under water, at this stage he was more than 50 metres from shore.

Two members of the public, a male and a female entered the water and swam out to the male who had become unconsicous and managed to bring the male into shore, where they commenced CPR. Police staff along with Fire Service arrived a short time later and continued CPR and the male was taken to Hospital in a serious condition.

The identity of the male is not known at this stage:

He is described as a male Indian approximately mid twenties to mid thirties. He was wearing a Maroon colour short sleeved poloi shirt and a pair of black light weight trousers. He was not carrying any form of ID on him.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows the identity of this male and they should contact the Lower Hutt Police on: (04) 560-2600

Senior Sergeant Andre Kowalczyk said that the actions of the two members of the public who entered the water is to be applauded, they did an excellent job in very difficult circumstances and their efforts to enter the water to save this mans life were exceptional. The two rescuers are both young people and their actions were extremly brave.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.