4 May 2015

Kayaker dies in powerful waves

3:08 pm on 4 May 2015

A man is dead after being knocked off his kayak by waves at a Northland beach yesterday afternoon.

The 51-year-old, who was been named as Dein Mitchell from Glenfield, was kayaking 100 metres offshore at Muriwai when he was hit by a series of powerful waves.

A surfer in the water saw them separate him from his kayak, a type known as sit-on-top, which washed ashore without him.

His body was recovered at about 3.20pm.

Mr Mitchell was wearing a wetsuit but no lifejacket.

His death will be referred to the coroner.