A kayaker trying to traverse "car-sized boulders" on a trip
in the eastern Bay of Plenty sparked a helicopter call-out
after slipping and falling into a river.
The man and another male kayaker were making their way along
the Motu River, when they came across some "car-sized
boulders blocking the way", Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC)
spokesman Steve Rendall said.
They were carrying their kayaks over the rocks when one of
the men slipped and fell in the water.
"He was washed down stream...and ended up sticking to a
"Fortunately they had their personal locator beacon attached
to them. They were able to use that and it saved the day."
The Taupo Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was notified of the
beacon signal by RCC at about 5pm.
The man was in the water for about 3 hours before he was
picked up in the upper reaches of the river.
"They were picked up and flown back to a farm house where
they received some good old Kiwi hospitality.
"They weren't injured but they were wet and cold.
"Unfortunately in the course of the incident both of them
have lost their kayaks and some of their personal belongings
which were in the kayaks."
A LandSAR team assisted in the rescue, Mr Rendall said.
The rescue helicopter said the boulder the man was stranded
on was in the middle of a "swiftly flowing series of rapids"
in the river.
The LandSAR team were able to set a rope anchor and pull the
man to safety, it said.
- By Teuila Fuatai of APNZ