Two safe after sinking near Port Waikato

  • 19/12/2015
Two safe after sinking near Port Waikato

Two people have had a lucky escape after their kayak capsized near Port Waikato.

Emergency services were called to the area just before lunchtime on Saturday after someone looking out towards the Waikato River saw a kayak sinking.

The two people in the kayak were wearing lifejackets, but they were swept quickly towards the river mouth, a Fire Service spokesman said.

By the time police, firefighters, and ambulance and Coastguard personnel arrived, they were in the middle of the river and could be heard yelling for help.

A private boat was used to bring the two to shore.

Ambulance staff said they were suffering from mild hypothermia.

NZN