Stay safe on water – make sure you’ve got right gear

Tauranga Police are reminding anyone heading out on the water to make sure they’re well equipped, following a kayaking incident today.

Three kayakers went out fishing early this morning from Arataki, but one of them separated from the others and was last seen at 9.30am.

He then sent a text to another member of the party, saying he’d become lost.

A short time later he capsized his kayak and lost his phone, but was able to right himself and paddle to shore near the Papamoa Domain, where he was located about 1.30pm.

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