Lifeguards carry out 79 rescues
Waitangi weekend marks the end of the peak season on the beach for the Trust Waikato Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club.
This summer we have had a mixed bag of hot dry days with little swell, rainy storm surf and the odd day with beautiful weather and good swell conditions.
So far, this season our lifeguards have rescued 79 beachgoers. Almost a third of these rescues were individuals in immediate life-threatening situations.
Auckland Anniversary weekend proved to be the busiest where our “Fossil Patrol” (club members who first pulled on the red and yellow uniform in the late 90s and early 2000s) saved the lives of 28 holidaymakers across the three days of patrol.
In addition to this, we have provided first aid to over 150 people over the summer period.
These incidents ranged from jellyfish and bee stings to head wounds, fractures and dislocations.
With ever growing training and equipment costs to provide the services that we do, we are extremely grateful for the support that we receive from the local Whangamata community, holiday makers and our generous sponsors.
Patrols have now been reduced to Saturdays from 11am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm. If you’re planning on heading to the beach outside these hours, know your limits and stick to waist depth in the water.
■ If you see somebody in trouble call 111 immediately.
SAVIOURS: Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club’s Fossil Patrol performed 28 rescues on Auckland Anniversary weekend.