Rescue Beacon Saves Canoist

From “Stuff”:  Rescue services said a man “saved himself” by activating an emergency beacon on his home-built canoe.

A Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter found the severely hypothermic 57-year-old Hamilton man clinging to his capsized canoe about 9pm on Wednesday.

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand said had the man not been carrying a distress beacon he would not have survived in Ripiro Beach’s waters, 20 kilometers north of the North Head entrance to Kaipara Harbour.

A helicopter crew member was winched down to the “exhausted” man, rescue centre coordinator Dave Wilson said.

“He saved himself by activating his registered beacon to alert us of his location,” Wilson said.

“We urge everyone going out on the water, into the bush, or working in remote locations such as… Read More

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