Multiple callouts

By: Dale Hodson

Our crew got an early wake-up call on Tuesday October 2 at 5.46 am to attend an urgent callout on the south side of Tiritiri Matangi Island. A skipper on a 12-metre yacht had suffered a medical event and needed assistance. His crew member who was not familiar with the boat or the owner’s medical history did the right thing and submitted a distress call. Available crew got to Hibiscus Rescue 1 as soon as they could, prepped her to respond and were on scene along with North Shore Rescue by 6.15 am.

Our crew went onboard the target boat and assessed the patient providing the required first aid. Once stable enough to be moved the patient was transferred to North Shore Rescue who took the patient to the Tiritiri Matangi Wharf, where advanced paramedics from Westpac Rescue Helicopter were waiting to further transport the patient to North Shore Hospital. Our crew towed the vessel back to Gulf Harbour Marina where, after closing down, they enjoyed a coffee.

The previous Sunday, Hibiscus Rescue 1 was involved in a training exercise with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to retrieve swimmers from the water and from the back of our vessel. Following this training, the crew were tasked to a vessel having mechanical problems near Kawau Island. Upon arrival, the crew couldn’t start the stricken vessels engine and decided to tow them back to the Outboard Boating Club (OBC) near the city.

After heading back to Gulf Harbour they closed down the boat and thought they were heading home when suddenly the pagers went off. They headed back to Hibiscus Rescue 1 and prepped her to respond to a vessel that was broken down off Oneroa, on Waiheke, and needing a tow back to Westhaven Marina. This turned out to be a standard and safe job with no incidents, which is just how we like it, especially after a long day. The crew got back to the berth for close down around 8pm and gladly went home for some rest.

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Be safe on the water everybody!

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