Nuggets res­cue nom­i­nated

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RICHARD DAVISON

A Nugget Point kayak res­cue has been nom­i­nated for a supreme award to be de­cided next week.

Kaka Point surf life savers An­drew Budge and Paul Richard­son are nom­i­nated among fi­nal­ists in the BP Res­cue of the Year cat­e­gory at next Satur­day’s Surf Life Sav­ing NZ Awards of Ex­cel­lence in Auck­land.

The Fe­bru­ary 14 joint IRB and he­li­copter res­cue had come about as the re­sult of a wildlife snap­shot gone wrong, with a fe­male kayaker in her 50s cap­siz­ing while at­tempt­ing to pho­to­graph fur seals bask­ing on cliff-base Nugget Point rocks nearby.

De­spite suf­fer­ing from cold and a gash to her leg, the woman was in good spir­its when help ar­rived in the Kaka Point IRB.

Budge said he hadn’t ex­pected the in­ci­dent – with its happy out­come – to be recog­nised to such a sig­nif­i­cant ex­tent, af­ter pre­vi­ously mak­ing BP Res­cue of the Month for Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘It’s an hon­our both per­son­ally for Paul and me, and for Kaka Point Club, to be recog­nised with an Award of Ex­cel­lence nom­i­na­tion. To be hon­est, we didn’t ex­pect it to go so far.’’

Many of the other nom­i­nees were more de­serv­ing, he be­lieved.

Surf Life Sav­ing NZ’s of­fi­cial ci­ta­tion praised the South Otago pair, stat­ing ‘‘An­drew and Paul demon­strated great skill through­out the in­ci­dent to deal with the surf con­di­tions and prox­im­ity to the rocks’’.

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