Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Two Divers Rescued in Gale Force Winds

Two Divers Rescued in Gale Force Winds

The Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter rescued two divers near Cape Palliser this evening (25/12/2007).

At 7:45pm the Central Police Communications notified the helicopter crew that two divers were being swept out to sea near Cape Palliser. A few minutes later police reported that the divers had made it safely to a rock about 300 metres off shore but needed to be uplifted from there and brought to shore.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with two crew and a pilot were airborne at 8pm, and thanks to a gale force northerly arrived at Cape Palliser in only 13 minutes.

"The winds were around 35 knots and made the flight quick but made the winch rescue quite challenging" says Harry Stevenson, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot. "It was quite tricky maintaining a hover over the divers, but we managed to get the divers off the rock, one at a time, quickly".

The rescued divers were a 58 year old male and an 18 year old female, both from Masterton. We believe they are father and daughter. Both were safely on shore by 8:25pm.

"When I put down the winch harness the guy helped the younger woman into the harness, and then was able to get into in quickly when we returned for him" says Logan Taylor, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman. "Once they were both on shore we checked them and they were unhurt, but very grateful to be back on solid land".

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>

 

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election