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Monday, February 26, 2024
Kayaker trapped in Owen River
The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has airlifted man to Nelson Hospital after his float plane crash landed. Photo/ Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

Kayaker trapped in Owen River


A jetboat, Police and the rescue helicopter were called in to help an injured woman trapped in the Owen River yesterday.

According to police, the woman, in her 40s, had a “mishap” in her kayak yesterday morning.

The woman became trapped on a rock in the Owen River near Murchison after she ran into difficulty while kayaking and had a suspected broken leg.

Acting Senior Sergeant Matthew Elliot said as well as a local response, the Nelson rescue helicopter was dispatched to rescue the woman.

“It’s a fast-flowing river and we have had to cross a few paddocks to get there,” he says.

The lady was transported by Ambulance to Nelson Hospital for treatment.