Van in Kaeo River riles lo­cals

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

A Kaeo woman says a van sub­merged in the Kaeo River should not have taken more than ten days to be re­moved.

Jemma Ren­dle says a van had been left in the river af­ter it had crashed on Fe­bru­ary 2.

While she had not seen any her­self, she says she was con­cerned that the ve­hi­cle might be ooz­ing diesel and oil into the river which runs into the Whangaroa Har­bour.

North­land Re­gional Coun­cil group man­ager reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Colin Dall says the coun­cil was not no­ti­fied of the van be­ing in the river un­til Fe­bru­ary 7.

‘‘The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer started to make ar­range­ments on Wed­nes­day [for it to be re­moved]. The quicker we are no­ti­fied, the quicker some­thing can be done.’’

He says the of­fi­cer was not aware of any diesel or oil leaks.

Dall says NRC would pay for the van’s re­moval and at­tempt to seek costs from the ve­hi­cle’s owner.

While the van was orig­i­nally re­ported to be re­moved on Fe­bru­ary 11, it was not out of the wa­ter un­til Fe­bru­ary 13.

Lo­cal oys­ter farm­ers from Moana NZ as­sisted in the re­moval of the van, by float­ing it down to the Kaeo Rugby Club be­fore To­tal Re­cov­er­ies took over.

Ren­dle says she would have liked to have seen the van out of the wa­ter on the day of the ac­ci­dent or the day af­ter.

Jemma Ren­dle says this van should have been re­moved on the day it crashed - not 11 days later.

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