Life­guards carry out 79 res­cues

Coastal News - - Front Page - By MAX JONES Deputy head life­guard

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.

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