Tuesday, 5 January 2016 - 1:26pm |

Name release Waikato canyoning fatality

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Waikato Police investigating the death of an Auckland man whose body was recovered from a canyon near Thames over the weekend say there are a number of lessons from the incident that if heeded, may help similar tragedies from occurring.

Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia of the Waikato District Command Centre said emergency services were called to an area known as the ‘Sleeping God Canyon’ in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames on Saturday.

“The body of 32-year-old Auckland man, Bradley Mark SYRED, was recovered from the Te Atuatemoe Stream early that evening but weather conditions prevented its removal until the following day.

“It is understood Mr SYRED had attempted to descend the canyon alone during a period of high water levels, despite warning signs about the rising water levels. The events leading up to and the cause of his death are yet to be determined and the matter has been reported to the Coroner.”

Mr Rangitutia said while the circumstances of Saturday’s tragedy are yet to be confirmed a number of lessons have been identified which, if learned, may help prevent similar tragedies.

“The first is to be aware of your skill levels and we advise against people undertaking adventure sports by themselves. Always leave your group’s intentions and when you’ll be back with family, friends or accommodation providers and pay attention to weather and take heed of warning signs.