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Two kayakers missing off Hahei

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

A Westpac rescue helicopter. © Phil Walter/Getty Images A Westpac rescue helicopter. Coastguard crews and a rescue helicopter have failed to locate two kayakers thought to be missing off Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The man and woman left Hahei Beach on a tandem kayak at about 6pm on Thursday and were last seen offshore around sunset.

They were thought to only have one paddle between them and flashing lights were later seen offshore in the direction of Mahurangi Island, also known as Goat Island.

A search of the area by two coastguard crews, the Westpac Rescue helicopter and local police failed to locate anyone requiring assistance.

No one has also yet been reported overdue and police have suspended their search until further information comes to hand.

Waikato Police would like to locate the couple and speak to anyone who may have seen them in the Hahei Beach area.

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