Man drowns near Whangarei after falling out of kayak

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Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:17 pm

Anyone got any more details than there are in the newspapers?

11 August 2018
" A man in his 50s has drowned after falling off his kayak near Whāngarei at about 5pm this evening."
"A police spokesperson said he was seen struggling in the water in Tutukaka, east of Whāngarei, and raised a distress flag just south of the North Gable."
"Police, and other emergency services were alerted and the man was located in a serious condition and rescued by Coast Guard a short time later.
CPR was carried out but the man died at the scene."
"Police extend their sympathy to his family at this tragic time."

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Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:48 pm

RIP :( :( :(

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Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:20 pm

Sad to hear that...

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Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:07 pm

Wasn't there another kayaker in Whangarei just weeks ago who got stuck on a rock or something?

Andrew, what are you guys doing up there?

Sad this one though!!
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Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:15 pm

That was Coromandel (but it was a Northland bloke |( )
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Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:20 pm

I doubt it's Northland/Whangarei-specific, but people underestimate the ocean. Maybe it's worse up here because one moment in can look like Fiji, the next like Scotland. The "winterless north" bollocks doesn't help either. Water temperature is currently 15 degrees. After an hour or two in the water at this temperature, you're in trouble.

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