Missing teen rescued on Kaituna River

The river was lowered to extreme levels overnight. Photo: Sean McPeake.

A teenage kayaker who went missing yesterday evening survived a night on the Kaituna River by tying himself to a tree.

A search team located the young man at 6.30am this morning.

The kayaker exited the river yesterday after realising he wouldn’t be able to make his way out of Gnarly Gorge in the water.

He climbed up the bank, and tied himself to a tree to await rescue.

Yesterday the control gates to Okere Falls were closed, causing the river level to drop.

Police would like to acknowledge the actions of the kayaker, who did all the right things when he found himself in trouble in the water.

"We would also like to thank members of the rafting and kayaking community who assisted with the search."


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