Northern News : January 9th 2013
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Northland police respon- ded to 320 calls for assist- ance in incidents involving almost 600 people during the 2011-2012 financial year, with summer the busiest time for Search and Rescue staff. During the same period, 14 people drowned in North- land, twice the road toll. Mr Surendran says incor- rect or non-use of dive flags by boaties and divers is of particular concern. In recent months a num- ber of skippers had been forced to take evasive action to avoid divers because flags were nowhere to be seen or dive boats were not near their divers. Mr Surendran says it is vital to signal clearly when divers are in the water because divers risk serious injury or death if hit by boats or their propellers. He says that under North- land Regional Council bylaws, a dive flag must be displayed so it is clearly vis- ible from another vessel 200 metres away. The blue and white flag needs to be at least 60cm by 60cm in size and divers have a responsibility to ensure it is flying before they enter the water.'' The dive boat must also be within 200 metres of the divers at all times. Divers too have an equal role to play in ensuring they stay within 200 metres of their boat.'' Mr Surendran says other boats should keep a good loo- kout for divers and not exceed five knots within 200 metres of a boat flying a dive flag. Similarly, it is important to keep a proper watch and preferably not use automatic steering within harbour limits. He was aware of at least one case this year where a fishing vessel had narrowly missed a stationary boat with no-one keeping a proper lookout. Automatic steering may only be used if a helmsman is standing by next to the helm. Do not leave the helm position, or allow attention to be diverted, while the ves- sel is moving.'' If a collision does occur with an aid to navigation (with or without apparent damage), the incident should be reported to the harbour- master or harbour radio or the closest coastguard or local radio station. It is an offence not to report. An initial call can be made to the regional council's 24-hour hotline 0800 504 639 and a written report must be completed within 48 hours. Mr Surendran says failure to report such incidents may place other vessels in danger, particularly in the Whangarei and Bay of Islands harbours, where the safety of large ships could be at risk if navigation aids are damaged. Similarly, he says outrig- gers, stabilisers, davits and other equipment over the side of a boat should prefer- ably be retracted when in a harbour to prevent damage to navigation aids. If not, sufficient clear dis- tance must be maintained from navigational aids and other vessels. Outriggers must always be stowed when a vessel is alongside.'' Go to nrc.govt.nz/ safeboating for more information and safety tips. 'SHEER STUPIDITY' BAFFLES RESCUERS Northland Police Search and Rescue were upset to learn of a family's actions after they rescued a man and his son from rough seas in the holidays. Police say the two are lucky to be alive after venturing into rough seas caused by the remnants of Cyclone Evan on a jetski. Despite severe marine weather warnings, a 55-year-old man and his 15-year-old son went out on their jetski to check three crayfish pots. After they were airlifted to safety nearly six hours after they departed, police learned that another two family members went out to bring the jetski home safely. Search and Rescue incident controller Constable Sue Grocott describes the action as ''completely irresponsible, considering two family members had just been rescued from rough sea and were lucky to survive''. The father and son left from Langs Beach to go to McKenzie Bay on the east coast south of Whangarei, and headed into rough conditions with wind gusts of 35 to 40kmh and four- metre swells. When they failed to return an hour later another person went out on a jetski to search for them. He failed to locate them and police were alerted just after 3pm. Police Search and Rescue were called in and with the help of the Whangarei and Kawau Coastguards, two IRBs from Mangawhai and Waipu surf lifesaving clubs, and the Northland Electricity rescue helicopter they searched for the man and his son. At 5.45pm they were found by the chopper 2.5km offshore just north of the Waipu River mouth. They were still with the jetski and the 15-year-old was winched on to the helicopter and the man picked up by Whangarei Coastguard. The father had suffered no ill effects from the four- hour ordeal, but the boy was very cold and had early signs hypothermia. Northland Police Search and Rescue co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Cliff Metcalfe said at the time the ''sheer stupidity'' of these people going out in the conditions defied logic. ''They put their lives and the lives of those rescuing them at risk. ''Police are very disappointed in their actions and a family nearly lost two of their members just two days before Christmas. They are so lucky to have survived this ordeal. ''Even the seagulls knew to stay on dry land. The conditions were so marginal that we couldn't get a fixed wing aircraft in the air to search and we were lucky to beabletousea helicopter.'' Ms Grocott says this incident is a timely reminder for people to check the marine forecast before heading out on the water and definitely not to venture out in rough seas. She says the jetski hadn't been serviced since last summer and broke down. Ms Grocott says the pair had no marine radio, cellphone, flares or emergency position indicating radio beacon. She says if people get into difficulty on the water they should call police for help sooner rather than later. In 2011, 14 people drowned in Northland. Campers asked to take care Rural Women NZ are reminding campers of some simple steps to keep our countryside clean and green, just as we like to promote it. Campers, especially those without on-board toilet facilities, should camp in designated areas such as holiday parks and Department of Conservation camp- ing grounds to avoid problems seen in past years of unwanted lef- tovers''. For the past few years we have been highlighting the prob- lem of campers without on-board toilet facilities fouling our rural road- sides and the emptying of effluent and grey water down cattle stops and roadside drains,'' Rural Women New Zea- land national president Liz Evans says. We have seen some improvement since the Freedom Camping Act was passed in 2011 and need to keep this up.'' The camping.org.nz website includes infor- mation on keeping safe, facilities, regional camp- ing, what to do and where to stay in New Zealand. And if you're travel- ling in a rural com- munity, and you're not sure, ask a local.''
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