Incident 20050311

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20050311?, 11 March 2005 16:00?, Fatal accident? / Swim?
Victim?: FIN, 22, Male
Location?: Southland/Waiau/?

Class?: II
Flow?: Unknown, "High"
Boat Type?: Unknown/Open-cockpit kayak
Trip Type?: Private

Summary?:

DRAFT: A male and female paddled from Lake Te Anau into the upper reach of the Waiau River. The male capsized and lodged against a tree. The kayaks were of 'open-cockpit' design without spraydecks. The alarm was raised to Police and a search involving a helicopter and several jetboats commenced. The kayaker's body was found in trees between Queens Reach and Rainbow Reach.

Discussion?:

No comment at this time

Sources?:
Died trying to help, 14 March 2005, p3. ODT (Copy & paste link)
Tourist dies kayaking, 14 March 2005, pA4, Press
Tourist dies on river, 11 March 2005, NZ Herald

Reported by?: Jonathan Hunt
Created: 2005-03-14, changed: 2005-03-15.