Taking proper safety precautions, quick thinking backed by education and a swift response from volunteer lifeguards and emergency services may have saved a fisherman swept off the rocks at Piha on Saturday.
WaterSafe Auckland Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Webber says such accidents typically end in tragedy – a fatality – but this time it didn’t for several very good reasons.
Jonathon says those factors were:
Surf Life Saving Northern Region CEO Matt Williams says all involved were pleased the fisher survived his ordeal. “But it does highlight the significant risk attached to West Coast rock-fishing, a risk that is heightened when a big surf is running.”
Several hands-on, land-based fishing workshops have been delivered in recent months for Auckland’s Asian communities, as part of the Safety Project, an ongoing partnership between WaterSafe Auckland, Surf Life Saving Northern Region and Auckland Council, aimed at reducing rock fishing fatalities on Auckland’s west coast beaches.
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