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


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.


No comment at this time

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.