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COASTGUARD AWARD

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.

SAFER PLATES

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.

FOUND PROP­ERTY

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.

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