Teenagers lucky to be seen as rip takes hold

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

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.

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