2 Jan 2015

Man who died in Gisborne fall named

12:34 pm on 2 January 2015

A Gisborne man who died after falling from a lighting pole at a Gisborne property on New Year's Eve has been named as Ben Sargent.

Police said a New Year's Eve party was in progress when the 20-year-old climbed up a tennis court lighting pole on a family property and tried to jump into a swimming pool. However, he lost his balance and hit the edge of the pool.

Mr Sargent was taken to Gisborne Hospital in a critical condition but died of his injuries.

His death has been referred to the coroner.