Incident in Ruby Bay, Nelson

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Mac50L
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Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:31 am

Has anyone got any more details about what happened and why? What type of kayak or anything else? The reports say capsized and add "fallen". If a SOT then simply "fallen" is as likely, especially if a medical event.

12 March, Stuff -
A man has died after capsizing his kayak in Tasman Bay.
Police said the man was reported to have fallen out at 1pm on Thursday around 500 metres off-shore from Ruby Bay, west of Nelson, adjacent to Tait St.
Coastguard, Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter and St John Ambulance also responded to the incident.
The man was found unresponsive and brought ashore. He was given CPR but could not be revived.
His death will be referred to the coroner.

peteatkina
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Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:37 am

Not a lot to go on...
elderly welsh tourist...
close enough to beach that those watching noticed he wasnt upright n contacted emergency services
no follow up info

Mac50L
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Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:04 pm

Any idea if it was a SOT kayak?

peteatkina
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Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:30 pm

highly likely it was sot. heaps of tourists have them....

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Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:52 am

The latest is an article from Wales. Typical news media, a picture of Watering Cove, Abel Tasman, at least 30 km away and nothing to do with Ruby Bay.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wale ... t-17970926

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It states he was David Robert Wright, 70 years old.

Mac50L
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Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:57 am

Water Safety love to leap on bandwagons and here is another example of a kayak death. Well is it?

Ruby Bay Incident

Known
a kayak involved
in Nelson's Ruby Bay area
deceased in the water
deceased was Welsh and 70 years old

Unknown
actual distance from shore (not the reported distance)
weather at time of incident
type of kayak
time from incident to observation of incident
time from observation to reporting
time from reporting until body retrieved
body face up or down in the water
medical history of person
travelling alone or with someone on shore

If a heart attack, a 2 minute window before it is too late? Is that correct?

If he had had a heart attack while taking the kayak off the vehicle would anyone have noticed? No? If a heart attack on the water it is not a maritime incident it is a medical incident and Water Safety needs to know such things.

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