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Human Interest - Local
Written by Eleanor Woods, The Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 18 September 2008

Nothing can stop Jason Eruera from getting back in the water. Picture/John Stone

When three waka ama paddlers set out to train late one evening they had no idea they would end up in high seas - without a paddle.

Thrashing swell and a broken canoe left the men swimming for their lives off the coast of Ngunguru as night set in.

However, the Tutukaka Coastguard plucked two of the men off Goat Island's rocks after a third had paddled back to shore for help.

Jason Eruera, Shane Hohaia and Julian Hindle had been paddling in single outrigger canoes in 1.5m swells when Mr Hindle's fibreglass canoe split in half.

The men took turns paddling and swimming for an hour and 40 minutes to the closest land they could see, Goat Island, about 1km away.

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