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

 


Do what you oughta out on the water plead Waikato Police

Do what you oughta when out on the water plead Waikato Police

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 10:26am

National News

Do what you oughta when out on the water is the message from Waikato Police after emergency services dealt with five separate water rescues yesterday.

Waikato Shift Supervisor, Senior Sergeant Dave Litton, said the first job came in at Raglan's boat ramp at Manu Bay about 9.20am when a 12-15 foot boat capsized in rough conditions putting three people into the water.

"All three people, who were all wearing life jackets, were able to swim to shore and a number of surfers in the water at the time ensured they made it safely.

"The trio were treated on the shore by attending ambulance staff for cuts and bruises."

Mr Litton said the next water rescue took place at Pauanui about 2.20pm and involved a large boat that lost power to its engine and was reported to be on fire and taking on water.

"There were four people aboard the vessel which was about 500m off shore. Fortunately it was well equipped with life jackets and communications equipment and the occupants abandoned ship into a dingy after raising the alarm both by cell-phone and radio

"In a response coordinated by Police Search and Rescue, the Coastguard, local surf club and volunteer fire brigade all responded and the fire was able to be contained and the boat was able to make it to shore shadowed by a Coastguard vessel."

Mr Litton said the Pauanui incident highlighted the importance of having the means to communicate with emergency services should your vessel get into difficulty.

"Later jobs included responding to ambulance staff requiring assistance at Raglan's Ocean Beach about 3pm where an overseas tourist pulled an Asian man out of the surf who had gotten into difficulty in a rip after rescuing two children, including his own son, from the water.

"The man was semi-conscious when emergency services arrived and the beach was cleared to allow a helicopter to land and take him to Waikato Hospital in a status two condition. This incident highlights the importance of swimming between the flags and the excellent work done by the overseas visitor."

At about 4pm fire-fighters were called to assist a man in a homemade boat who got into difficulty on Tairua Harbour when he got his leg trapped in his wooden boat.

"The man had asked for fire-fighters to bring a chainsaw and his boat was assisted to shore where the man was freed."

Mr Litton said while each of these jobs had successful conclusions a major inter-agency response to reports of a missing Australian tourist out in a boat off Colville left responders scratching their heads in frustration

"This man left Otautu Wharf in a 7ft aluminium dingy that was equipped with oars but no motor about 11.40am. At the time there was a 20 knot north westerly wind and a 1m northerly swell.

"Though wearing a life jacket the man had not told anyone where he was going or when he would return and he had no communication equipment. After he had been gone about three hours his family became concerned and raised the alarm."

Mr Litton said in response the Coastguard launched a fixed wing aircraft from Auckland while the Police's Eagle Helicopter was also called in to assist while two Coastguard vessels were put on standby.

"The man was located by the Eagle Helicopter sun bathing on a beach at Tiriteka Point, a bay north of Otautu Wharf and told the crew he was waiting for the tide to lift before returning.

"If this man had only told other people where he was going and had a cell-phone with him the valuable time and resources deployed in the search for him would not have been wasted."

Mr Litton said he urged people intending to enjoy recreation out on Waikato waters to take some simple steps to protect themselves and avoid first responders being called out needlessly.

• if going swimming at the beach, swim at beaches patrolled by life guards and swim between the flags

• when boating, ensure your boat is equipped for the conditions, that there are life jackets for all occupants and that they wear them

• carry at least two forms of communication which should include a cell-phone, a hand held VHF radio on channel 16 or distress beacons including PLBs (personal locator beacons) or EPIRBs (emergency position-indicating radio beacons)

• tell people when and where you are going , when you should be returning and when the alarm should be raised should you not return

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Plain Packs Plan: Gordon Campbell On Tobacco Politicking (And The TPP Death Watch)

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. More>>

ALSO:

.


RECENT TPP MEETING:

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news