Aban­doned kayak washes up

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Scott Donaldson’s doned kayak has found.

Donaldson 44, tried to cross the Tas­man alone in a kayak in July but quit just 74 kilo­me­tres off the Taranaki coast after he suf­fered head and chest in­juries and weather con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rated.

His kayak was lo­cated on a beach at an Oeo farm in South Taranaki about 1pm on Au­gust 27.

Farmer Troy Steven­son said he had seen a he­li­copter land at the beach and had gone down for a look.

Peo­ple in the he­li­copter aban­been spot­ted the kayak, he said.

He said the kayak had ‘‘Dou­ble Ditch’’, the name of Donaldson’s cross­ing at­tempt, writ­ten on the side.


WASHED UP: Scott Donaldson’s kayak was found late last month washed up on a South Taranaki beach after he aban­doned his at­tempt to cross the Tas­man in July.

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