Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson.
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson. Frank Redward

Ocean kayaker calls for supplies on the high seas

THE New Zealand ocean kayaker, who paddled out of Coffs Harbour in April attempting a trans-Tasman crossing has hit troubled waters.

Scott Donaldson, 43, has called for assistance after reportedly running out of food and water.

Emergency supplies are being flown to him, as he sits approximately 15 days or 300 nautical miles west of New Plymouth.

Scott Donaldson prepares to paddle out of Coffs Harbour.
Scott Donaldson prepares to paddle out of Coffs Harbour.

Overcast conditions have meant his solar-powered desalination machine doesn't have enough power to supply fresh water.

The pilot, who will deliver an emergency drop of supplies tomorrow, says Scott has been forced to take time out of paddling to pump water.

"He can't hand pump and row at the same time, in fact it's impossible," pilot John Funnell told NZ Newswire.

"He's requested we do an air drop of food and water so that he can complete the journey.

"Supplies have gotten that low that it's becoming rather urgent."

Live tracking of Scott Donaldson in the Tasman Sea yesterday.
Live tracking of Scott Donaldson in the Tasman Sea yesterday.

The emergency air drop is likely to take five hours and another five hours for the plane to return to land.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand confirmed to New Zealand media that it is aware of Scott's predicament and is monitoring the success of the rescue drop.

Scott Donaldson is attempting to set a trans-Tasman ocean kayak record.

This is his second attempt at the crossing.

Last month he set out from Lord Howe Island where he spent a week fixing equipment.

To track his journey click here. 



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