- They were paddling on the Shotover River which at the time was at its maximum flood (about 260 cubic meters per second) when somebody spotted an empty, upturned kayak floating down river.
- Also, all the rivers rafting and jet boat operators had suspended operations that day because they felt that the river was to high and dangerous.
- The two men, who were apparently experienced, were advised not to paddle that day.
[blockquote]"Why should the community pay when it's a situation of their own making? It was not an option for us not to go - we must go (and search)," Queenstown Lakes District harbourmaster Marty Black said.
Mr Black said the pair had put in at MacLeod's Bluff and were retrieved from opposite sides of the river about 1km downstream. They had been "very pleased" to see the helicopter. The man from the upturned kayak had apparently got into difficulty when he hurt his finger, then lost his kayak, Mr Black said.[/blockquote]