Thames canyon victim named

Police said the circumstances of the tragedy were yet to be confirmed. Photo / File
Police said the circumstances of the tragedy were yet to be confirmed. Photo / File

The Auckland man whose body was recovered from a canyon near Thames over the weekend has been named.

Bradley Mark Syred, 32, was found in an area known as the Sleeping God Canyon in the Kauaeranga Valley in the Coromandel on Saturday.

"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," said Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia of the Waikato District Command Centre.

"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 were 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.

- NZ Herald

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