2020 02 05 Kotuku Life Saving

Assistance from DWC has enabled the Kotuku Surf Life Saving Club to replace a damaged motor on their inflatable rescue boat (IRB) allowing them to continue their vital work across the region.

The club’s mission is to prevent drowning on West Coast beaches and to support local communities. Volunteers in the club provide beach patrols, develop our kids' water safety and rescue skills and respond to calls for assistance from West Coast Police for water-based search and rescue events.

Kotuku chairperson, Mark Bolland, says their IRB search and rescue team often find themselves in extreme environments and sometimes the challenging environments win. This was demonstrated last year when a rogue wave dumped their IRB onto the rocky Rapahoe shore damaging a motor.

DWC assistance has enabled the club to replace the damaged motor.

Mr Bolland says their IRB team recently responded to the Hokitika Gorge incident where the new motor was used for two days; initially to search for a missing swimmer and then to support the police dive team on the second day.

“Whilst the result was not what anyone would have wished for, the fact is that we directly contributed to locating and bringing back a family’s loved member.

“Knowing that what we do makes a difference to lives, and that organisations such as DWC see the value in what we do, gives us the confidence that the volunteer time we give to prevent drowning on West Coast beaches and supporting local communities with water safety and search & rescue is headed in the right direction.”

2020 Asher Lambert Kotuku Life Saving

Congratulations to Asher Lambert who recently completed his Advanced Lifeguard Award.