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Te Anau Water Rescue

Thursday 18 September 2008, 6:04PM
By New Zealand Police
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TE ANAU

At about 11 pm on Wednesday 17/09/08 emergency services were called to assist two kayakers in the water on Lake Te Anau.

The Army were carrying out a training exercise which involved the use of small craft on the lake. The conditions became difficult on the lake and one of the kayaks took on water. A safety boat also ran into some difficulties and was unable to assist the kayak and emergency services responded from Te Anau and uplifted the two kayakers.

A Real Journeys boating crew were used and a Southern Lakes Helicopter also assisted with spotting.
The two kayakers had spent some time in the water and were treated by Ambulance staff at the scene, however, neither required further medical treatment.

A Police spokesperson stated that the Army had a sound safety plan which was put into action. This resulted in an efficient rescue and Police praised the response from those called upon to assist.