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


Distress beacon saves canoeist

Distress beacon saves canoeist

22 March 2018: 6.00am

A 57-year-old canoeist had a narrow escape last night thanks to the personal locator beacon he was carrying when paddling off a Northland beach.

The Hamilton man was found severely hypothermic and barely still clinging to his home-made canoe when the rescue helicopter crew found him about 9 pm.

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand says if the man had not been carrying a distress beacon he would not have survived in the remote location of Ripiro Beach, 20 kilometres north of the North Head entrance to Kaipara Harbour.

A rescue swimmer from the NEST emergency helicopter crew, out of Whangarei, was lowered to the capsized canoe and the exhausted man simply “let go”, says Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson.

“This canoeist was found just in time. The helicopter rescue crew believed he had been in the water for two hours and had a very close call.

“He did the right thing by carrying a distress beacon. When he was struggling to get ashore through breakers and his canoe capsized, he was able to raise the alarm,” says Mr Wilson.

“He saved himself by activating his registered beacon to alert us of his location.”

RCCNZ organised for the NEST helicopter and Coastguard crews from Kaipara to respond.

“We urge everyone going out on the water, into the bush, or working in remote locations such as farms, to carry a beacon and make sure it is registered with emergency contact details.”

Registration is free at: beacons.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels