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Surf Life Saving Northern Region - Summary 29 December


As yesterday, Sunday 29 December was also relatively incident-free across the Northern Region beaches.

Across the Region, lifeguards and other volunteers put in more than 3000 hours in patrols and carried out more than 700 preventative actions involving over 3300 people.

A summary of the day's major actions and statistics for the day and weekend follow.

Summary - Sunday 29 December 2019

Omaha was involved in two major first aids today. At 11am a surfer received a head injury and was experiencing neck pain and just after 1pm another beachgoer dislocated her ankle. Both were assisted by lifeguards and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Lifeguards at Bethells Beach were also involved in a search for two fishermen on the rocks at Waitakere Bay at 12.45pm; both were located safe and well shortly after that.

There was one assist at Waipu Cove: an off-duty lifeguard became aware of a boogie-boarder in difficulty, drifting offshore and swam out to him and raised her hand. Lifeguards then picked the patient up and transported him back to shore.

The second assist occurred at Orewa where a stand-up paddleboarder was caught offshore in strong winds. Orewa sent a rescue board and lifeguard with a tube to assist the woman ashore.

Both these assists highlight the importance of our safety messages: Swim between the Flags, Ask Lifeguards about the conditions before entering the water, and don’t swim alone.

Statistics - Sunday 29 December 2019

No. of people rescued0
No. of people assisted2
No. of major 1st aids2
No. of minor 1st aids17
No. of searches2
No. of PA's368
No. of Public Involved1677
Peak headcount7914
Total hours worked1555

Statistics - total for weekend 28-29 December 2019
No. of people rescued2
No. of people assisted6
No. of major 1st aids2
No. of minor 1st aids31
No. of searches7
No. of PA's715
No. of Public Involved3312
Peak headcount7914
Total hours worked3019

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