Search for kayaker under way

A major search and rescue operation was under way in Queenstown last night after a kayaker was reported to be in trouble on Lake Wakatipu.

The kayaker was spotted by a member of the public getting into difficulty near Hidden Island, shortly after 10pm.

Authorities were alerted and the Queenstown Coastguard and helicopters were called to the scene, a police spokesman said.

The search was continuing late last night.

No further details were available.

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