Teenagers lucky to be seen as rip takes hold
The quick actions of Titahi Bay lifeguards saved the lives of four teenagers last week.
Regional lifeguard supervisor Kate Berridge said the lifeguards were on a routine board patrol on Monday when they spotted the teenagers swimming at the southern end of Titahi Bay about 5.30pm, around 75 metres from the patrolled area.
She said lifeguard DJ Stapleton heard someone calling out for help and spotted four people who were struggling against a rip that had formed.
Stapleton reached the teenagers first, quickly followed by fellow lifeguards J’Adoube Elkington and Payal Ramritu, who arrived in the inflatable rescue boat.
Stapleton secured the most exhausted man who was struggling to keep his head above the water, while Elkington and Ramritu picked up the other two. The fourth teenager was able to make his own way back to shore.
Berridge said they had all swallowed water and one was suffering with the onset of hypothermia. Paramedics were called to check over the teenagers as a precaution.
Berridge said if it wasn’t for the quick thinking and actions of the lifeguards, the outcome could have been very different.