26 Jan 2015

Father drowned helping son, coroner finds

7:06 pm on 26 January 2015

A man drowned last year after attempting to rescue his son from a swimming hole near Gisborne, a coroner's inquest has found.

A Korean national who lived in Tauranga, Myungsoo Shin, had rushed to save his nine-year old son who could not swim, after he went down a natural rockslide.

He became submerged in a deep part of the water after he reached his son.

A friend who was with them jumped in and managed to rescue the boy but could not find Mr Shin.

A police drive team later found Mr Shin's body at the bottom of the pool.