Briton Dies In Kayaking Accident In New Zealand

Briton Dies In Kayaking Accident In New Zealand

A British man has died while kayaking in New Zealand when strong wind tipped him into icy water, local reports & officials said.

The Briton was one of two victims in the accident on Saturday in Lake Tekapo in the South Island of New Zealand, according to the New Zealand Herald.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in New Zealand on September 25.

"We are providing support to the family & are in contact with the New Zealand authorities."

New Zealand Police said the victims were part of a group of young people who had hired kayaks for a trip on the lake.

"They ran into difficulty after venturing out on the lake & being swamped after an easterly wind picked up to an estimated 20 knots," the statement said.

"All survivors were suffering from hypothermia & a small number required hospitalisation at Timaru Hospital.

"An investigation will take place, looking at the reasons this tragedy occurred."

According to the New Zealand Herald, there were 11 people in the group, all in their 20s.

"The air temperature when it happened was approximately 3 degrees & the water wasn't much warmer than that & they were in the water for approximately an hour," police commander Inspector Dave Gaskin told the newspaper.

The Lake Tekapo area is popular with tourists for its outdoors activities. The area is approximately 250km (155m) southwest of Christchurch. 

Source: “Sky News”