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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter helped save a kayaker from the Clarence River yesterday. (File pic)
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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter extracted a kayak paddler from a remote section of the Clarence River yesterday.

The chopper was sent to the river, south of Tabulam, yesterday afternoon after two kayakers activated an emergency beacon.

Police, ambulance and State Emergency Service volunteers also attended, in a rescue operation coordinated by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Information sourced from the beacon was that it was registered to two people  persons who were paddling kayaks within the area.

After locating one kayaker, the rescuers discovered the other kayaker was stranded on the western side of the river.

The helicopter crew was stood down but re-tasked because the swift water movement of the Clarence made conditions difficult for the SES flood boat crew.

The second kayaker was then safely extracted by the helicopter.


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