Flota­tion bands now placed at Aki­tio Beach

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

Res­cue flota­tion bands are now avail­able at Aki­tio

Beach for the pub­lic to use in an emer­gency.

Over re­cent years, the Aki­tio Beach com­mu­nity and ratepay­ers have been con­cerned at the lack of safety de­vices read­ily avail­able at the beach, which is not con­trolled by life­savers.

There has been one drown­ing, and a num­ber of near misses, with the lat­est re­ported in the news­pa­per about 12 months ago.

Given the num­ber of peo­ple vis­it­ing Aki­tio swim­ming or boat­ing through­out the year and in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the sum­mer months, the Ratepay­ers Com­mit­tee voiced its con­cerns to the

Tararua District Coun­cil.

The Coun­cil has agreed to do­nate the flota­tion bands and has con­trib­uted to the costs of signs.

Tony Peeti En­gi­neer­ing made the two stain­less steel boxes to house the life­sav­ing equip­ment.

Blast and Coat do­nated the paint, and painted the boxes.

Sign & De­sign Tararua sup­plied the signs at a dis­counted price.

Great­batch Build­ing Ltd in­stalled the boxes and signs.

The flota­tion boxes are sit­u­ated on both ends of the toi­let block on the beach­front at Aki­tio Beach, so it would be easily ac­ces­si­ble to all those who use the beach.

The floata­tion bands which could well save lives over sum­mer.

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