British tourist killed in kayaking accident in New Zealand named

A British tourist, who was one of two men who died, when strong winds tipped their kayak over into freezing water in New Zealand has been named by local police. James Robert Murphy, 20, from London and 21-year-old American Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner were on an expedition on Lake Tekapo with nine others when the weather suddenly changed, causing the boat to overturn. The alarm was raised when the man who hired out the kayaks noticed a severe change in the weather.

“The boats were swamped and they were tipped into the water,” he said.

“The air temperature when it happened was about 3C 37F and the water wasn’t much warmer than that and they were in the water for about an hour.”

In a statement1, New Zealand police said the men were members of a party of 11 friends who ran into difficulty after venturing out on the lake and “being swamped after an easterly wind picked up to an estimated 20 knots.”

All of the survivors were treated for hypothermia and three of the party who were admitted to hospital have now been discharged from hospital. An investigation has been launched to look “at the reasons this tragedy occurred”, police said. The Foreign Office said it is providing support to the victim’s family.

We can confirm the death of a British national in New Zealand on September 25.

We are providing support to the family and are in contact with the New Zealand authorities.

Foreign Office spokesman


  1. ^ In a statement (

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