OFFICER DOWN — AND OUT
They didn’t find the man they were looking for, but the police officers who peered inside a residential garage in Kaitaia last week went home with a better work story anyway.
Everything began to go pearshaped when a dog, described by one of their more credible colleagues as a slightly pugnacious chihuahua, or something similar, made it clear that they weren’t welcome. Officer A back-pedalled, into Officer B, who, to quote an official source, fell gracefully to the concrete floor.
All might still have been well, except for the fact that one of his feet was stuck under something heavy, so, as he completed his pirouette (degree of difficulty 2.4) his lower leg stayed where it was. Even when his ankle snapped clean in half.
With what all accepted was quite a sore leg, Officer B was delivered to Kaitaia Hospital in the back of a patrol car, the only position that afforded him anything less than unbearable pain being with his hands and knees on the seat and his posterior poking out the window. No one recognised him.
He will apparently be off duty for some time, possibly awaiting a leg transplant, but will be pleased to know that the air of sympathy at the police station is almost palpable. Well, not really. A 12m ferro-cement yacht fell victim to Thursday’s high winds, breaking her mooring and being driven on to the Russell boat ramp, where she was pounded by waves.
The conditions prevented the Northland Regional Council vessel from attempting a tow, and efforts using vehicles to pull the 14-tonne yacht along the shingle beach, away from the boat ramp, were also unsuccessful.
She was secured, a tyre fender was placed under the bow, and the owner was left to organise a rescue.
The hull of the uninsured vessel did not appear to have been holed during the grounding.