Drowned Man Couldn't Swim

Posted by Gold FM on 10/04/2012

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Further details have emerged after a man drowned while visiting the Owharoa Falls in the Karangahake Gorge on Sunday.

Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens of the Waiihi Volunteer Fire Service said a group of 12 friends of Indian descent were visiting the falls on Sunday lunchtime when the man walked into the water to get closer photographs of the waterfall.

He couldn't swim and got into difficulty when the current dragged him under the water. His shocked friends couldn't swim either so they ran away from the scene to look for help.

By the time they returned it was too late to save the 28 year old, who had just completed a degree at Auckland University.

Mr Stevens said it was a tragedy that no-one in the group could swim or had more knowledge of safety around water, as if the friends had linked arms to get to the man when he first got into difficulty, there may have been a less catastrophic outcome.