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A grieving widow has expressed admiration for a friend who desperately tried to save her dying husband despite not being able to swim.
The heart-breaking moment when non-swimmer Jagdeep (Gary) Singh, 24, swum out to save Maninder Singh, 26, after he fell into the water at Lake McLaren on November 16 last year was revealed at an inquest into the men's deaths yesterday.
Maninder, also known as Mani, and his friend Gary drowned after Mani swung out over the lake on a rope tied to tree which instantly snapped, and both got into difficulties.
Outside court Mani's widow Jessie Kaur told the Bay of Plenty Times that she considered Gary Singh a "hero".