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March 19, 2015 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59New Zealand police have condemned a daredevil, possibly a tourist from Perth, who leapt from the top of a vintage crane on the Wellington waterfront into the harbour.

The fall is something like 40 metres and the bomb dive drew screams and gasps of horror from onlookers – but the diver came up smiling. The event was captured on someone’s smartphone and posted on a Facebook site called Perth NZ Bombing.

At last count, the 15-second-long clip had been viewed by over 127,000 people, generating over 4300 likes.

It can be viewed by clicking here.

Police are not impressed with the antics of the anonymous diver, who jumped from the Hikitia floating crane at Taranaki Street Wharf in downtown Wellington. The crane is located right next to Te Papa Museum, one of Wellington’s top tourist attractions.

Daredevil diver leaps from crane

Daredevil diver leaps from crane

Police say the stunt was foolhardy and the diver could have severely injured himself if anything had gone wrong, either by slipping and falling into the crane or by falling from it. Fortunately in this case, the diver was lucky, skilful, or both.

Hikitia is something of a Wellington icon – a self-propelled floating steam crane launched in 1926 and considered the only working steam crane of its type in the world. It’s owned by the Maritime Heritage Trust of Wellington and is definitely not designed as a diving platform.

“Had the person landed the wrong way in the water – it doesn’t bear thinking about,” Inspector Dave Rose of NZ Police told Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper.

Written by : Peter Needham

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