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Young Kayakers airlifted to hospital

Young Kayakers airlifted to hospital


Today at around lunchtime the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whangamata where two 15 year old Hamilton youths and fallen out of their kayaks whilst kayaking near Clark Island, which is just off the coast of Whangamata. Rough sea conditions meant the boys were unable to get back onto their kayaks and after about 20 minutes in the water they were spotted by a couple of fishermen who were motoring past. They picked up the young lads and brought them ashore. Both boys were flown to Tauranga hospital suffering hypothermia.


Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga’s principal sponsor’s, Trustpower and TECT. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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