British tourist dies in New Zealand kayaking accident ‘after being tipped into lake by fierce winds’

A Brit is one of two men who died while kayaking on a lake on New Zealand’s South Island. The tourists, both believed to be in their 20s, were tipped into the freezing water1 by fierce winds.

Police said2 people got into trouble after a sudden change in the weather. Inspector Dave Gaskin, mid-south Canterbury area commander, told Radio New Zealand: “We think they were in the water – they’d been swamped, and they’d come out of their kayaks – and they’d been in the water for up to an hour.”

It is understood all members of the group were wearing life jackets.

Those rescued were suffering from hypothermia and some were taken to hospital for treatment. Police said an investigation will be launched. The Foreign Office said it is supporting the victim’s family and in touch with New Zealand authorities.


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