Marine Link
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trans-Tasman Sea Kayaker Airlifted to Safety

July 14, 2014

A sea kayaker: File photo

A sea kayaker: File photo

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson has been successfully rescued from his kayak 83 kilometres off the Taranaki Coast, south-west of New Plymouth, says Maritime NZ.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand organised for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to fly to Scott’s location and winch him aboard.RCCNZ Senior Search and Rescue officer Kevin Banaghan says weather conditions were deteriorating, and Scott had declared to his support crew in the morning that his situation was unsafe.

Once on scene, the helicopter pilot talked to Scott by radio, then a swimmer from the rescue service went into the water.  Scott then jumped into the sea from his vessel; and both were safely winched into the helicopter.

“The team could not have done that safely later, in the dark, or with stronger winds and higher seas.  So it was important to carry out the rescue as soon as possible once Scott acknowledged he needed to be picked up,” Kevin Banaghan added.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2016 - Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News