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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

A search is underway for two kayakers potentially missing off the Seatoun coast.

Police received a report at 7:55am that someone had witnessed a kayaker in possible difficulty off Marine Parade. A second kayaker was also in the area and was seen paddling towards the first.

The person making the report then lost sight of the two kayakers, but it is believed they may have been heading towards Eastbourne.

Police want to establish if the kayakers have made it back to shore, or if they are still in the water.

The first kayak is described as white with a yellow outrigger. The second is described as a white mono-hull. Both paddlers are male, and both are wearing blue tops and pink life jackets.

Officers are conducting area searches along the shoreline and the Police Maritime Unit, Coastguard and a rescue helicopter are also assisting with the search effort.

Anyone in the Seatoun, Eastbourne, Seaview or surrounding areas who may have seen the kayakers is urged to get in touch with Police immediately on 111.


Issued by Police Media Centre