Kayak trip ends with rescue

Last updated 08:30 18/01/2014
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Taranaki Community Rescue helicopter

The Taranaki Community Rescue helicopter Winched four children from a bay just North of Urenui.

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Four primary school-aged boys set off in kayaks and came back in a helicopter after became trapped in a small bay north of Urenui.

The boys' kayaking trip ended when they were blown north and had to be winched out of the bay, Taranaki rescue helicopter crewman Jayden Strickland said.

Two of them swam into the bay and their kayaks ended up on another beach further north.

The tide was coming in and they had between 30 and 40 minutes before they would have been up against a cliff with nowhere to go, he said.

Because of high winds, the chopper had to winch the children up one by one.

Surf Lifesaving New Zealand club development officer Andy Cronin, who was winched down to the boys, said they were all wearing properly fitted lifejackets, which was "awesome to see".

The youngsters were a little bit apprehensive, but they kept their heads and followed instructions, he said.

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