Life­guards help with fire

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The One­m­ana Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s vol­un­teer guards had to draw on all their train­ing dur­ing the week­end with a two per­son res­cue at Poko­hino Beach on Satur­day fol­lowed up with as­sist­ing in a house fire at One­m­ana late on Sun­day.

A two man crew of Finn Smith and Con­ner Mcleay took the club‘s IRB and made the 15 minute jour­ney to Poko­hino beach where two peo­ple were caught in a rip. By the time they ar­rived af­ter a quick search of the sea the two were spot­ted on a small sandy cove sur­rounded by rocks.

In the mean­time the Emer­gency Call Out Squad (ECOS) from Whanga­mata was no­ti­fied and picked up an ECOS mem­ber from the One­m­ana Club.

The One­m­ana team had waited for the tide to re­cede as the younger of the two be­ing res­cued did not want to go back into the water. The pair were even­tu­ally able to walk to safety.

On Sun­day, just as the One­m­ana SLSC pa­trol was pack­ing up, a house close to the beach was on fire.

The pa­trol, along with mem­bers of the pub­lic, at­tempted to con­trol the fire. The club mem­bers then went door knock­ing to alert the neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents. When the Whanga­mata Fire Bri­gade ar­rived the surf club mem­bers as­sisted the fire bri­gade as re­quested in mov­ing items and hoses.

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