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

 


Lifejackets saving lives early into new year

10 January 2014

And now for the good news – lifejackets save lives

Ten days into 2014 and already lifejackets have helped save the lives of at least 11 people.

• two were rescued after their 5m boat capsized crossing the Raglan bar (2 January)

• three were rescued after their boat capsized off Otago Peninsula (5 January)

• two teenagers wearing lifejackets were rescued after clinging to their upturned boat on Lake Taupo and calling for help using a cellphone (8 January)

• four people wearing lifejackets abandoned their boat after it caught fire and began sinking near Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula (8 January).

Tragically, a 49-year-old fisherman who was not wearing lifejacket when he fell from a boat in Wellington harbour on 5 January is now presumed drowned.

Last year 19 people died as a result of recreational boating accidents, compared to 14 in 2012, with a lack of lifejackets or ill-fitting lifejackets a likely factor in 13 deaths.

But last year also saw some good news stories as lifejackets saved lives.

In January, four people – wearing lifejackets – were rescued after their boat sank off the mouth of the Taieri River in Otago.

Four people – wearing lifejackets – were found clinging to their upturned boat and rescued after it sank east of Tauranga Bay on 27 October.

Two people – wearing lifejackets – spent 20 minutes in the water after their boat flipped on the Maketu bar in the Bay of Plenty in November.

“Lifejackets save lives – it’s that simple,” Maritime New Zealand deputy director Lindsay Sturt said. “But lifejackets can’t call for help and that’s why we recommend boaties also carry at least two means of communications that will work when wet. This could include an emergency distress beacon, waterproof VHF radio or distress flares.

“People often rely on cellphones but coverage can be limited and they should always be carried in a waterproof bag.”

Preparation can also go a long way towards preventing trouble occurring.

“Skippers should ensure their boats are seaworthy and check the weather forecast and water conditions before they head out. Alcohol should also be avoided – it slows reaction times and reduces survival time in you end up in the water.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news