Rafter pulled from river

Last updated 16:58 30/08/2012

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A man had to be pulled out of the Manawatu River after spending two hours in the cold water.

He clung to a log after a mishap in an inflatable raft yesterday afternoon.

Constable Kevin Dalzell, of police Search and Rescue, said the man was extremely cold and unable to give much information after being rescued near Te Matai Rd.

''My understanding is he had gone out to Ashhurst to have a bit of a paddle around. He's come unstuck somehow.''

Mr Dalzell said he did not think the man had planned to go downriver.

Police were called by a member of the public who, from their house, had seen the raft in the river.

''A lady had seen the raft go past, she called out to him and got no response, so she called police, which was the best thing she could do.''

After a search of the area he was found clinging to a log about 5m from the river bank.

A police officer entered the water and helped the man up the bank.

He was treated there by St John Ambulance staff, Mr Dalzell said.

The man did not appear to have been wearing a lifejacket. 

''He was pretty cold, pretty tired,'' Mr Dalzell said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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