Man drowns after falling from kayak near Whāngārei

Man drowns after falling from kayak near Whāngārei
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A man in his 50s is dead after falling from a kayak in Tutukaka, east of Whāngārei, on Saturday evening.

Police say the man was seen struggling in the water at around 5pm and raised a distress flag just south of the North Gate.

Emergency services located the man, who was rescued by Coastguard a short time later in a serious condition.

CPR was administered, but the man died at the scene.

Police have extended their sympathies to his family.

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