000 call saves tossed kayaker

15 November 2013

An incident in the freezing waters off Tasmania’s coastline shows the care kayakers must take and how preparation can literally be the difference between life and death.

The story from abc.net.au showed the dangers of kayaking alone, the importance of a wetsuit and a means of communication.

A kayaker rescued from freezing waters off Tasmania's coast says he contemplated death as doubts over whether he would be rescued crept into his thoughts.

William Merrylees capsized in three-metre seas just outside a headland at Fortescue Bay in Tasmania's south yesterday, the ABC reports.

The 24-year-old from Hobart was trapped underwater, but was able to undo the skirt of the kayak and surface in the freezing seas.

After catching his breath he pulled his mobile phone from a waterproof bag and made a frantic Triple-0 call for help.

For more details see the original article on abc.net.au

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