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Lucky fisherman saved at Piha

1 Comment 09 July 2016

Fisherman saved at Piha

Quick acting Piha locals save fisherman washed into Piha Beach

Rescue helicopter PihaTwo friends were fishing near The Camel when one was swept into the sea.  His quick thinking friend threw him the ‘angel ring’ and told him to stay calm.

Photo: the friend who threw the Angel Ring with Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The friend then dialed 111.  The Rescue Helicopter and Piha’s 1st response were immediately dispatched.

Piha first responseHowever a quick thinking Piha local had contacts for Piha’s ‘after hours rescue squad’ and made contact.  Piha SLSC responded immediately launching a boat at the same time the helicopter arrived.

Photo: Very grateful friend thanking Piha 1st Response member Fiona Anderson.

Piha SLSC members plucked the very lucky fisherman from the sea still wearing his gumboots and clutching his fishing rod.

SmileholdhandsA fabulous outcome:  Piha SLSC, First Response and local knowledge working well together.

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  1. Graeme Webber. says:

    This guy is so lucky there’s such an excellent response always ready willing and able here in Piha from 1st Response, Surf Club, Fire Brigade, surfers etc.
    Fortunately he was wearing a Lifejacket but gumboots are a definite no-no.

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