Westport Water Rescue
Saturday, 15 March 2014 -
At about 3.41pm on 15/3/14 police were advised
of 2 people drifting out to sea off Carters Beach,
The pair had been in an 8ft fibreglass
recreational fishing boat and had been trying to enter the
Buller River when the boat had rolled.
The occupants were
thrown into the water.
There were surfers in the area that
witnessed the incident and went to assist.
rescue boat was launched and a rescue helicopter from
Greymouth was also sent.
The 2 occupants were caught by
the current and taken further out to sea but were
subsequently brought ashore by 2 surfers.
2 local males,
aged 59 and 23 years, were taken to hospital for a check up
but were otherwise okay.
There had been reports of other
people in the water but this was subsequently identified as
debris from the
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
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