Life­guards hon­oured

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Stel­lar ef­forts from life­guards in Franklin have earned ac­co­lades for lo­cal clubs at the Surf Life Sav­ing North­ern Re­gion Awards of Excellence held on Satur­day.

Surf Life Sav­ing Kariao­tahi and Sun­set Beach Life­guard Ser­vice were both re­warded for their skills, in an event that saw 17 clubs com­pete for top hon­ours.

Surf Life Sav­ing Kariao­tahi won the pres­ti­gious Res­cue of the Year Award and the Sun­set Beach crew took away a tri­fecta of tro­phies.

The Kar­i­oitahi team were awarded the Res­cue of the Year Award thanks to a massive af­ter­hours mis­sion that saw life­guards re­spond to three sep­a­rate emer­gen­cies in rapid suc­ces­sion.

The first emer­gency be­gan at 6pm on Jan­uary 30 af­ter pa­trols had ceased, when a swim­mer got into dif­fi­cul­ties and had to be as­sisted, un­con­scious, to the shore and given oxy­gen while med­i­cal sup­port was sum­moned.

Shortly af­ter, life­guards were ad­vised that two other beach­go­ers were miss­ing, pos­si­bly at sea. A land and sea search was un­der­taken which even­tu­ally lo­cated the miss­ing peo­ple on land, safe and well.

Life­guards were then asked to re­spond to a head-on mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent that left one per­son with sus­pected spinal and pelvic in­juries and a badly bro­ken leg. They checked and sta­bilised the pa­tient and trans­ported her to the clu­b­rooms for mon­i­tor­ing while an am­bu­lance ar­rived.

Nine­teen Kar­i­oitahi club mem­bers as­sisted that evening, in­clud­ing three newly qual­i­fied life­guards.

Pres­i­dent Jim Coe said it was great for the club to be ac­knowl­edged for its hard work.

‘‘It’s recog­nis­ing all that ef­fort that the guards put in dur­ing the sea­son and the train­ing, recog­nised by the re­gion re­ceiv­ing this award. It’s just a re­ally good feel­ing.

Sun­set Beach Life­guard Ser­vice proved their prow­ess by col­lect­ing tro­phies for the Re­gions IRB Cham­pi­onships, Com­pe­ti­tion Team of the Year for its fe­male IRB crew of Tay­lor Shrimp­ton, Eva Im­rie, Jemima Fer­rier, and Shane Ed­wards who won the re­ceived Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Power Craft award.

Ed­wards was also named Surf Coach of the Year.

The Sun­set Beach IRB team ex­celled at each event they en­tered this sea­son, which cul­mi­nated in three gold medals at the Na­tional IRB Cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Fox­end Tro­phy for the top women’s team.

Club mem­ber Carolyn Ed­wards re­ceived a ser­vice award for her con­tri­bu­tions to the Port Waikato club, while Club Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year was jointly won by Dawn New­son-Adams from Kariao­tahi, and Elle Scheep­ens from Bethells Beach Surf Life Sav­ing Pa­trol.

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Surf Life Sav­ing Kariao­tahi won the pres­ti­gious Res­cue of the Year Award at the week­end’s Surf Life Sav­ing North­ern Re­gion Awards of Excellence. From back left: Rick Shroeder, Tara Coe, Jim Coe, and pre­sen­ter of the award, Chris Stark. Front left: Bradley Wal­ters and Guy Horn­blow.

CAR­MEN BIRD/SUPPLIED

Sun­set Beach Life­guard Ser­vice’s women’s IRB team, Eva Im­rie, Jemima Fer­rier and Tay­lor Shrimp­ton.

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