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Mackay men on kite surfing holiday caught in Typhoon Haiyan

Shane Martin, kite surfing off Town Beach, has been caught up in one of the biggest typhoons to hit the Philippines.
Shane Martin, kite surfing off Town Beach, has been caught up in one of the biggest typhoons to hit the Philippines. Tony Martin

IT WAS meant to be a dream kite surfing holiday but Mackay man Shane Martin ended up facing one of the biggest typhoons to hit the Philippines.

Mr Martin was on day seven of his first overseas trip when Typhoon Haiyan, which produced wind gusts of up to 235kph, slammed into the central coast of the Philippines.

Mr Martin and two Mackay mates, Brad Heron and Corey Laffin, rode out the storm in the hills of Boracay.

His wife Renee Martin said she could "finally breathe" now that the storm had passed and she knew he was safe.

"I have been stressing," she said. "I have just been watching the news constantly... we have been able to stay in touch through Facebook.

The 31-year-old was meant to be staying in a beachside hotel, but they group chose to move to a higher location as the storm approached.

"He said they moved to a sturdy hotel," Mrs Martin said. "It had cement walls was further away from the beach."

Although Boracay wasn't the worst affected area, Mr Martin has described scenes of destruction to his wife. "He said there were windows smashed and roofs off," she said.

Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5, has been described as one of the strongest typhoons on record, causing a huge death toll.

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