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Open 7 Days www.thebigfish.co.nz Locally owned and supporting the local community 125955 Dramatic rescue exercise for hearty sea volunteers By Marianne Kelly aHELICOPTER hovering only four metres above the waves at Howick Beach after the successful Santa Parade was not part of the show. Instead, Coastguard volunteers hot-footed it to the beach after their appearance in the parade to take part in an exercise that poten- tially could become the real thing. In order to requalify for winch- ing patients off boats, the West- pac Rescue Helicopter crew approached Coastguard to do an exercise off Howick Beach on November 30. Of about 20 volunteers, only three or four had previous boat experience with helicopters on the water. Coastguard Howick vice-pres- ident Craig Houkamau says the exercise went “without a hitch”. “It was good experience for the new guys and they came off the water really buzzing. They don’t get this opportunity very often.” Training is needed, he says, because of the possibility a patient may have to be winched directly off a Coastguard boat at sea. “Westpac prefer to land some- where and we bring a patient to them,” he says. “But if we’re out in the middle of the Firth of Thames, for example, there are not many places to land. However, we usually help to trans- fer patients taken off a vessel to the helicopter.” Weather conditions for the exercise, Mr Houkamau says, were trying for the volunteers, with the wind blowing at about 30 knots. “While we go out in those con- ditions for real, the training condi- tions were challenging. But there was not a hitch. “We’re confident in our minds that we’re doing the right things and we were tested in not ideal conditions. “Things worked very well and the Westpac guys said from their point of view the exercise was good.” The volunteers have also started collecting for the annual summer National Coastguard Lottery. “It provides our main operat- ing revenue,” Mr Houkamau says. “From the $10 tickets, we get $7 back.” Major prizes are a top-of-the- range VW Touareg vehicle and a Haines Hunter 4.8-5 metre boat. Smaller boats are prizes for sec- ond, third and fourth, followed by a P&O cruise for two as fifth place. A total 20 prizes are in the offing from a pool worth $332,420. “People will see us with the tickets out and about in Howick Village, at Botany, and we’ll be vis- iting people on the water to see if they have a spare $10 to give us,” says Mr Houkamau. “We’re usually the top selling unit in New Zealand and we’re striving to maintain that. We’re very well supported here in the south-east.” The boating build-up for sum- mer has been quiet this year, he says. “Despite the good weather, we’ve been very quiet. But we’re there to keep people safe; preven- tion is better than cure. We will advise people on the water and they can talk to us if they need to. “We’re not an enforcement agency, but we can advise people about what they should be doing and better educate them.” The volunteers’ next education exercise is a fun day planned for Cockle Bay in March in conjunc- tion with the Howick Lions Club. The emphasis will be on water safety. WINCHING PRACTISE: Howick Coastguard volunteers get first-hand experience of a boating accident patient being winched to safety to the hovering Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Photo supplied / Kerri Walker Held animals need homes PEOPLE with the time and commit- ment to take on a new pet can help out homeless animals held at the super-city’s animal shelters. The Auckland Council has puppies and kittens, as well as older cats and dogs, available in its shelters at Manukau, Pukekohe, Silverdale and Henderson. Tracey Moore, the council’s manager of animal management, says the shelters have an important role in reuniting lost dogs with their owners, as well as rehom- ing animals taken in throughout the year. They also ensure public safety by hold- ing dogs considered to be a nuisance or threat to members of the public. About 9000 dogs pass through the shelters each year, says Ms Moore. “The majority are returned to their owners. But for those that aren’t, we pro- vide a safe and secure environment until they can be appropriately rehomed.” As part of the pre-adoption process, all animals are assessed to make sure they’re suitable for rehoming, while all poten- tial adoption properties are checked for compatibility. The process involves animal manage- ment officers visiting a home to confirm that it’s appropriately fenced and an adequate size for the dog intended for adoption. They also consider the prospective owner’s lifestyle and the needs of the dog, “to achieve the best possible outcome for the family and the animal”, she says. As well as offering good value for money, all animals receive thorough health checks. People wanting to be a responsible animal owner can get more infor- mation and check out the dogs and cats available for adoption online at www.auck- landcouncil. govt.nz/dogs.
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