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You're a long time dead. So what's the hurry? This was a billboard ad by the Government, trying to stop people from speeding on their roads. But after heavy-footed drivers, it probably applies more to travelling kayakers than anyone else! Andy England imparts some paddling wisdom about taking the time to really learn.
The NZ Herald reports that a kayaker is missing on the Waihou River near Putaruru. Two kayakers were on gentle water but appear to have been surprised by a dangerous natural dam. One man escaped to the bank but police divers are searching for the other paddler.
Firstly I want to thank all of the people who rescued me - Barry, Sue, Louis, Ellie, Stu, Diego, Yan, Ciccio, Colin and Pete - without their help I would certainly have drowned. The actions of Louis from Wellington and Pete (both of whom I only met at the put-in) were critical to my rescue and without question courageous - they risked their own safety getting out to me and I am very grateful to them.
It's the third day after the event and I don't particularly like writing this because it brings back the vivid memory of being close to losing my life - it was a very bad pin situation. However I think it is important to do so because there are lessons in every incident that may help others and hindsight observations can be helpful. Hopefully, it may also be somewhat cathartic. It happened like this...