Staff at the Beachfront Hotel in Hokitika have been offered
support after a Canterbury visitor who had been socialising
at the hotel with his wife and friends fell 16 metres from
the balcony to his death on Saturday night.
The 58-year-old died on the way to hospital shortly after
Beachfront Hotel board chairman Peter Cuff said today staff
got a call about 11.30pm to say someone had fallen off the
Four staff members helped until the ambulance arrived.
"The staff are shocked and upset to learn he has subsequently
died," Mr Cuff said.
Victim Support counselling had been arranged for the staff.
Mr Cuff also offered the hotel's condolences to the victim's
family and friends. He said they could not imagine how the
Detective Michel Bloom, of Greymouth police CIB, was
tight-lipped today, saying other media reports that the man
had been drinking and had been in a good mood, had misquoted
He referred to a brief press statement which said only that
inquiries were continuing, and police had yet to complete
interviews with members of his group. The man and his wife
had apparently been staying in Hokitika with two other
Police said the dead man's name would not be released until
next of kin had been notified.
- Laura Mills of the Greymouth Star