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A tragedy is avoided on Auckland's North Shore - Video

by NZ Police 26 Feb 19:59 NZDT 26 February 2020
Kayaker rescued by Police RIB in Auckland Harbour © New Zealand Police

It began with a member of the public reporting an empty kayak floating north-east of Browns Bay in the mid-afternoon.

The Auckland Police Maritime Unit and Eagle helicopter were soon dispatched to search in the nearby area, assisted by Coastguard Hibiscus.

Alex, an experienced kayaker, was eventually located by the Eagle helicopter around three kilometres from his kayak and had been in the water for more than an hour.

Police are releasing a video today showing part of the rescue effort in the hope that it serves as a reminder to be fully prepared and aware of weather conditions when heading out on the water.

To check out the video, click here.

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