Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
5 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 10, 2013 5045488AA * FREE making Plus FREE installation of drapes and tracks resumes on January 7th ANNUAL FURNITURE SALE ON FROM JANUARY 7th UNTIL 31st (Our Once A Year Sale) ~ ALL STOCK REDUCED BETWEEN 15% - 50% ~ No Exceptions Cushions ~ Settees ~ Accessories ~ Coffee Tables ~ Bookcases ~ Hall Tables ~ Chairs, etc. ~ All Stock Reduced! Quality Furniture & Furnishings Quality Furniture & Furnishings Phone (04) 298 5927 for FREE MEASURE and QUOTE or call at 17 Seaview Road PARAPARAUMU BEACH This offer applies to all lined and thermal drapes Just phone and we will call! Rips seem to be stronger By RANDALL WALKER Otaki surf lifesavers have rescued a handful of people from the sea this season -- which lifeguards say has seen many rips and holes. On December 30, Otaki lifeguards pulled three men from the surf after two got caught in a rip, followed by a third who went out to help the men. Club chairman Paul Carlyon said the lifeguard patrol was packing up about 5.30pm when a member of the public alerted them to swimmers in trouble about 500 metres south of the patrol area. An inflatable rescue boat and two swimmers with tubes were dispatched and located two men about 75m off shore. One of them in particular was in a whole deal of distress.'' The pair, aged between 16 and 20, were returned to shore on the IRB. One required oxygen and ambulance paramedics monitored his condition at the surf club before discharging him, said Mr Carlyon. [IRB driver] Peter Housiaux said that one of them was basi- cally non-responsive when the IRB arrived. It was Peter's view that had the IRB not arrived then or within a minute or so there cer- tainly would have been two drownings.'' Another man, who had gone out to help the men, had also got into trouble and was helped in. All three rescued men were locals, said Mr Carlyon. He said there was a large hole'' and a strong rip running. The surf at the time was mod- erate, not especially testing, and I think that's what lends people that false sense of security that because the waves aren't very big that it's always going to be safe. That's not the case of course.'' Mr Carlyon said it was Shenee Nicholson's first day as patrol cap- tain, and she did an outstanding job of co-ordinating the rescue''. He said there had been a lot of rips and holes this season and the rips appeared to be stronger. On New Year's Eve, a group of four Otaki lifesavers needed assistance after getting a fright from a seal when out swimming, said lifeguard Lee Doyle. He said they were practising swimming out and back in chal- lenging surf and were about 50 to 100 metres out when a seal pop- ped up and gave some of them a fright''. An IRB was sent out and brought one back to shore, said Mr Carlyon. He said there seemed to be more people swimming at the beach than usual this season, probably due to the good weather. Meanwhile Paekakariki life- guards reported a quiet season so far with lower numbers at the beach and people being sensible'', said lifeguard Richard Whinham. Too many out of patrol area Trained eyes: Waitarere Beach lifeguards Paul Langman, foreground, Teina Kiriona, left, and Levi Tate on duty yesterday. By KELVIN TEIXEIRA Horowhenua surf lifeguards are pleading with beachgoers to swim within the patrol area after a man drowned at Himatangi Beach on the weekend. Absolutely the message is to swim between the flags,'' Palmer- ston North Surf Life Saving Club captain Dave Clarke said. They are there for a reason and it is so much easier for us to watch out for people and be right there to help them if they get into trou- ble.'' At 5.50am on Sunday, police located the body of 27-year-old Feilding man Jarrett Simeon, who had drowned after disappear- ing off Himatangi Beach shortly after 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Sara Stav- ropoulos said Mr Simeon had been swimming with his partner and friends about 800 metres outside lifeguard patrol area flags when he got caught in a rip with an undertow and drifted away from the group. A search was launched involv- ing more than 100 people, includ- ing lifeguards from clubs between Paekakariki and Palmerston North, two vessels from Mana- watu Coast Guard, the Palmer- ston North Rescue Helicopter and HeliPro, as well as friends and family of Mr Simeon. The search continued until dark and police continued to patrol the beach in four-wheel-drive vehi- cles, searching at each tide change throughout the night. Mr Simeon's body was found in the morning, where it had washed up on the beach about 100 metres along from the surf life saving club. Mr Clarke said that apart from last weekend's tragedy, the club's patrol season, which started on December 1, had gone smoothly. He said there had been about eight rescues and some first aid treatments for blue bottle jellyfish stings. Foxton Surf Life Saving Club captain Hellen Windley said their season had been pretty good'' until last weekend when their vol- unteer lifeguards ended up rescu- ing six people within two hours on Sunday. People are still swimming out- side the flags,'' she said. About 50 people had also been treated for jellyfish stings or minor cuts.
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