Kayaker grate­ful af­ter caller kicks-off res­cue

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HUNT AND VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

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.’’

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