Coastguard volunteers from around the country were honoured for their dedication to saving lives at the Coastguard New Zealand Awards of Excellence on Saturday.
The annual ceremony recognises Coastguard volunteers and units across seven award categories, acknowledging the rescues undertaken on the boats as well as the work that goes on behind the scenes on land.
The Coastguard Rescue of the Year was won by Coastguard Papakura, Coastguard Waiuku, Coastguard Titirangi and Coastguard Auckland Air Patrol.
On the evening of April 20, Coastguard Papakura, Coastguard Waiuku and Coastguard Titirangi, as well as Coastguard Auckland Air Patrol responded to an urgent call out for an overturned 12 foot boat spotted by a passing vessel on the Manukau Harbour.
Once on the water, it soon became apparent that those who had set out in the boat, a father and his 8-year-old daughter, were not near the vessel. The crews continued the search in what became pitch black conditions with mist cutting visibility down to only 50 metres. At 7.30pm with spotlights just penetrating the mist, the crew heard a shout for help coming out of the blackness.
Quick reactions meant that the crew soon had the 8 year old in their sights. She had been treading water for 4 hours. After the young girl had left the rescue vessel the crew refocused and the search continued for her father.
At midnight, after over six hours of continuous searching with all the Manukau Coastguard units, Coastguard Auckland Air Patrol, airport hovercraft, Westpac and Police Eagle helicopters, the search was stood down.
The next day, a new Coast- guard crew took the day off work to continue the search but after almost 100 miles and 8 hours of continued searching were stood down, at which point they recovered the vessel, bringing it back to the shore which was lined with extended family of the missing man.
Pukekohe Community Patrol is hosting a Safer Plates installation event Pukekohe’s Countdown South on Saturday, November 11, from 10am to 2pm.
Safer Plates is run with the New Zealand Police to assist motorists in deterring the theft of their number plates. For just $4 anyone can have their number plate screws replaced with security screws to deter theft of the plates.
There will also be a sausage sizzle.
Number plates are stolen for use on other cars involved in illegal activities, such as robberies, non payment at petrol stations and other criminal activities. With the greater use of surveillance cameras, the theft of number plates is decreasing.
Pukekohe police have recovered items of property they are keen to return to owners.
Items include two-black jackets found in Montgomery Ave, a greenstone necklace found in Tuakau, a Samsung Notebook found on Manukau Rd, a Canon camera, with photos of damaged road signs, a bag with sports poles in it found at Bombay, a Makita GIB fixing tool, property belonging to Michael Gray, Kodi Ruwhiu and Antony Horace Wipa.
Contact the Pukekohe Police Station on Manukau Rd if you believe these items to be yours.