23 Mar 2015

Trust looks at options to stop crane jumpers

12:19 pm on 23 March 2015

The death of a man who jumped off a crane on Wellington's waterfront has prompted its owners to look at ways to prevent copycat incidents.

The Hikitia floating crane in Wellington.

The Hikitia floating crane in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

A 20-year-old man died after jumping from the 45-metre high floating crane Hikitia into Wellington Harbour yesterday.

Last week a video featuring another man jumping from the same crane, at a lower height of 36 metres, went viral.

The capital's Maritime Heritage Trust, who owns the ship on which the crane sits, said it was looking at ways of preventing copycat behaviour.

Trustee Malcolm McGregor said the ship could be moved further from the side of the wharf but he thinks that would make little difference.

"It's still not going to stop determined people from getting onboard the ship.

"Whether it was a metre off the wharf, or ten metres, or 25 metres off the wharf people can still make is a target where it is, climb up and do something silly."

Mr McGregor said other options including installing security cameras were being considered.

Police were yet to release the name of the victim.