It’s never a good sign when rescue officials refer to you in the local paper paper as, "incredibly under prepared, inexperienced and did everything wrong."
This comment was dished out by Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt after the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter in
"They were located near the Maungatutu end [of the river], having travelled about 5km in 24 hours. The planned trip was about 60km long on the river which has a low water flow at this time of year and is not normally suitable for this type of kayak trip.
"With their speed of travel it would have taken about five days to cover the distance they intended and that would have involved a lot of walking."
The article also made a summary of some of their other mistakes:
- The pair wore light clothing and were poorly equipped to stay out overnight.
- They were wearing life jackets but had no means of emergency communication.
- A cellphone they took with them was "useless" as the area had no coverage.
You can read the full story here.