Local river levels are dropping despite recent rain.
Once he landed, the tide became his next problem.
One firefighter believes something similar could happen again.
South Island fire officials are warning locals a single spark could see thousands of acres alight.
Pictures show the remains of the house charred by fire.
Chris Muse was swept about 70 metres downstream after attempting to cross a tributary of the Motueka River, in early December.
The incident occurred in the early hours on December 7.