wary of New Year beach swim rush
Hawke’s Bay surf lifesavers are wary of a new year rush on beaches after a busy first week of the season saw them conduct seven rescues on beaches south of Cape Kidnappers.
All seven rescues from Christmas Eve to Thursday were at monitored sites at Waimārama and Ocean Beach, while the three other sites Waipatiki, Westshore and Ahuriri Beach have yet to have any significant dramas.
Brendon Hamilton-Gibbs, Surf Life Saving regional guard supervisor for Hawke’s Bay, said as well as the rescues, lifesavers had completed eight assists and three searches (the most notable for since-found kayakers off Waimārama Beach).
He said they had also carried out 321 “preventative actions” involving 4746 members of the public during that same period.
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