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


Update: Surf Life Saving Northern Region: Six Major Incidents In Six Days, With Six Lives Saved

Further to this week’s ongoing series of incidents at Auckland’s west coast beaches: a further incident occurred this afternoon (Friday 9 October), again at O’Neills Bay north of Bethells Beach.

Details regarding today’s incident:

  • At 12.14pm, the Bethells Emergency Callout Squad was alerted to three people being swept out to sea at O’Neill’s Beach just north of Bethells, the same location where a fisherman was swept off the rocks on Moday and is presumed drowned.
  • The Bethells lifeguards arrived on scene within 15 minutes, by which time the three people, a 45-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were back on shore but the woman and boy were losing consciousness and showing signs of exhaustion and shock.
  • Lifeguards administered oxygen and performed first-aid until the Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived and transported the woman to hospital. The boy had improved enough to be taken back to the Bethells surf club for further treatment by St John paramedics.

Key points

  • This was the sixth major incident in six days for west coast lifeguards.
  • Through the efforts of the SLSNR callout squads six lives were saved, but sadly two people also drowned (one presumed).
  • This marks 34 callouts in Northern Region since start of May 2020
  • SLSNR urges Aucklanders and others attending the beaches this weekend to take precautions, especially on the west coast.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Herd Immunity Isn’t A Valid Option, And What’s With Our Reluctance To Wear Masks?

Herd immunity has recently bounced back into the headlines as a tool for managing Covid-19, and as a supposed alternative to lockdowns. In the US, a group of scientists was recently brought together in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts by a think tank funded by the Koch brothers. The assembled scientists signed the so called Barrington Declaration, which promotes herd immunity as a rational means of re-opening US public schools and the economy at large... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels