Rescue Copter busy off Wairarapa Coast and Kapiti IslandBy Alan Tristram
A Life Flight helicopter team rescued two men from the sea off Ocean Beach on the South Wairarapa Coast this morning — and also joined in a search off Kapiti Island.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic on board, was sent to the Wairarapa after Police reported two men had been in a boat which capsized and were being swept out to sea.
As the helicopter approached the search area the men in the water called the helicopter on their portable marine radio and were able to talk the
helicopter into their location.
Both men were wearing wetsuits and were clinging to some floating bits from their boat.
The helicopter landed on nearby Ocean Beach where the helicopter paramedic assessed their condition
“Good safety equipment including a portable radio and wetsuits certainly
helped these guys,” says Life Flight Crewman Julian Burn.
“The nearest boat was still quite a way out so these guys were pretty lucky we got there as quickly as we did”.
Other than being slightly hypothermic, both Upper Hutt men were OK and did not require hospitalisation. They were left in the care of police
and relatives on the beach.
Search off Kapiti Island
And just before 1pm the Life Flight was dispatched to the Kapiti Island area where three divers were reported overdue.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a Coastguard fixed wing plane, several Coastguard boats,
Surf Live Saving IRBs, and several private boats searched a wide area near the Southern End of Kapiti Island.
The men were located by some of the search vessels and did not require medical help so the
helicopter was stood down and returned to base.