Man dies after plunge from pier

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Bay search: A police diver jumps into the water to search for the missing man whose empty wheelchair was left on Hastings pier. Picture: Yanni

Bay search: A police diver jumps into the water to search for the missing man whose empty wheelchair was left on Hastings pier. Picture: Yanni

SEARCH and rescue police on Friday night recovered the body of a 64-year-old Hastings man who went missing off Hastings pier that morning.

Police rushed to the scene after receiving reports of an abandoned wheelchair.

They set up a shelter at the end of the pier while divers searched for a body.

Hastings Yacht Club is assisting police with its CCTV footage.

There are no suspicious circumstances. Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

For support and information about suicide prevention, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

First published in the Western Port News – 26 January 2016

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