13 Jun 2012

Tahiti suicide victim to be cremated in NZ

1:46 pm on 13 June 2012

Reports from French Polynesia say the body of a 32-year-old Frenchman who committed suicide in Tahiti last weekend will be cremated in New Zeeland.

Local media say this is in line with a request by his family in France because there is no crematorium in Tahiti.

The man had jumped to his death off a 35-metre high crane after dozens of police, firefighters and a psychiatrist unsuccessfully tried to save him.

He had been up there for 27 hours and but efforts by cell phone to persuade him to climb down were unsuccessful.

The incident along one of Tahiti's main streets caused massive disruptions.