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Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

the due to ar­rive on New Year’s Day.

Kaik­oura Coast­guard have re­ported no se­ri­ous prob­lems off the coast de­spite be­ing called out twice since Christ­mas.

Some ca­noeists got into trou­ble on the north side of the penin­su­lar on Fri­day when they were tipped out of their ca­noes and were forced to swim to the shore.

On Satur­day night the Kaik­oura Coast­guard re­sponded to an emer­gency about 10pm after a flare was sighted north up the coast from Kaik­oura.

The res­cue boat worked with po­lice to re­spond to the alert, but did not find any boats in dis­tress The source of the flare was not lo­cated and po­lice were con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate.

Coast­guard pres­i­dent John Macphail said the weather had so far been be­nign, and looked to con­tinue that way into the New Year.

He said as long as peo­ple ob­served ba­sic boat­ing rules – check weatehr for­ercasts, wear life­jack­ets ev­ery­one and carry some form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion – ev­ery­one should stay safe on the wa­ter this hol­i­day pe­riod.

He said peo­ple should not hes­i­tate to call the emer­gency num­ber if they were con­cerned about their own or oth­ers’ safety at sea.

Wa­ter traf­fic: It wasn’t just the main street that was thronged with ve­hi­cles over the week­end. Cruise ship Cale­do­nian Sky is moored off the South Bay ma­rina.

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