Courageous Action In Surf Rescue
Courageous Action In Surf Rescue
Pukekohe police say
that the actions of a local man almost certainly saved at
least one of three young men from drowning last evening at
Kariotahi Beach near Waiuku.
The three, one aged 16 and
two 17 years, all from Pukekohe, had entered the water at
about 7.30p.m. and were still swimming at dusk when they
were caught in a rip and swept out to sea as darkness
One of the youths managed to swim back to shore
where spoke to Pukekohe resident Brendon Pooley who was at
the beach with his wife and four children.
immediately entered the water with his body board and his
wife drove to the top of the coastal hills to get phone
reception to raise the alarm with police.
minutes calling in the dark Mr Pooley had located one of the
youths who was still swimming and able to make his own way
towards shore. Leaving this youth he continued further out
beyond the surf line and eventually located the exhausted
third just as he was starting to go under.
at the beach at 9.30p.m. as the second youth managed to get
At 9.37p.m., nearly fifty minutes after entering
the water, Pooley managed to return to the beach with the
last youth, much to the relief of his own family.
swimmers were checked by surf lifesavers and did not require
Constable Andy Shaw praised Mr Pooley’s
actions saying they were particularly courageous given the
conditions and the fact that he had entered the water in
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