Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Missing kayaker survives seven hour ordeal alone at sea

Missing kayaker survives seven hour ordeal alone at sea

At 2113 hours last night Coastguard’s Operations Centre was alerted to an overdue kayaker in the Whangarei area. The missing kayaker’s employer alerted Coastguard following a call from the man’s partner saying he hadn’t yet returned home from work.
Often choosing to travel the short ten minute journey to and from work by kayak the 62 year old male had set off from Marsden Point heading to his car and trailer at nearby Reotahi; however he failed to arrive.

Coastguard Whangarei volunteers on board ‘Circa Rescue’ were tasked to the incident shortly after 2130 hours and began the search in adverse conditions together with the Northland Emergency Services Trust Helicopter (NEST). Coastguard Radio broadcast All Stations calls alerting members of the public following which, three private vessels provided assistance by searching the nearby area.

As the search continued into the night Coastguard Northland Air Patrol was put on standby to join the search at first light, however, at 0028 hours the NEST Helicopter identified a target through their thermal imaging equipment. Circa Rescue responded at best speed to the location where they pulled the survivor from the water. The survivor was cold and wet but conscious and complained of cramp in his legs. He was assessed by Coastguard volunteers and treated for hypothermia while being transported on board Circa Rescue to a waiting ambulance where his relieved family were also waiting for his safe return.

Coastguard Rescue Vessel Volunteer Skipper John Haselden said “the kayaker had been moments from reaching Reotahi when a current together with the waves flipped him out of his kayak. His inflatable life jacket worked a treat and inflated upon contact with the water however this made it difficult for the kayaker to try and get himself back into his kayak. He made the decision to deflate his life jacket so he could again attempt to get back on board the kayak but by this time the kayak was swamped and he was being taken out to sea. Survival instincts kicked in and he wrapped his arms through the deck lines of the kayak using its buoyancy as a floatation device. After a while his strobe stopped working, however, his thermal clothing and water proof jacket provided some protection from the elements.”

Reflecting on the incident this morning the survivor, Mark, said he is so very grateful to the volunteers that came to his rescue “I never thought my usual 10 minute trip home in my kayak would turn into seven hours out there drifting alone with no way of calling for help, it was such a relief to see the Coastguard boat heading towards me and be heading back to shore, I’m so grateful to them. And to think they’re all volunteers…”

Mark hasn’t been put off the incident, however remains grateful for his lifejacket and will be quickly looking to purchase a marine VHF Radio and personal locator beacon ensuring that in future he has waterproof forms of communication.

It’s timely as we kick off volunteer awareness week on Monday to acknowledge the remarkable efforts of Coastguard volunteers who leave their day jobs, families and the comfort of home to go out and help others in trouble at sea but as John says “there’s something quite special being part of a team that shares in saving the life of another”.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
    More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news