Kayaker grateful after caller kicks-off rescue
David Cook was ‘‘doing a bit of photography’’ when he tipped into the water off Titahi Bay, sparking an air and sea rescue.
An experienced kayaker, he had a radio and emergency locator beacon but didn’t call for help because he thought he could right the kayak.
‘‘Someone sawme trying to tip it over and called the coastguard. I’m pretty grateful for that.’’
He was unhurt but cold after about 45 minutes in the water, he said.
Cook was taken to hospital for a check up.
Police received multiple calls about the kayak, spotted capsized about 1km off the Porirua beach about midday on Tuesday last week.
The Westpac rescue helicopter and a nearby boat joined the search, but was stood down soon after.
The coastguard was notified, police said.
Cook was found by a boat shortly afterwards and was reportedly fine and being taken back to land. The sea in the area was choppy. Mana Marina manager Peter Hart said it was the cold water that could kill.
‘‘It’s not just drowning, you’ll freeze out there.’’