Paddlers taken to hospital

21:23, Dec 26 2013

Two men whose double kayak capsized at Robin Hood Bay yesterday were flown to Wairau Hospital by rescue helicopter.

Helicopter pilot Jarrod Colbourne said the men, aged 21 and 50, spent about half an hour in the water at Robin Hood Bay in Port Underwood.

They were treated for hypothermia then airlifted to hospital in Blenheim for observation.

The pair had been paddling from Robin Hood Bay towards the heads when their kayak tipped, Mr Colbourne said.

By the time the helicopter arrived at 3.55pm, the men had been towed back to shore one at a time by a man in a single kayak.

St John spokeswoman Rebecca Lee said the men had been wearing life-jackets.

The rescue helicopter crew also flew a 79-year-old man with a heart-related medical condition from the Manaroa area of Pelorus Sound to Nelson Hospital early yesterday morning.

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