Lifeguards to host a spectacular day

By AMY SHANKS


Peter Kitson knows the importance of having fast-acting lifeguards on hand, after being involved in a boat accident at Waimarama Beach last summer.

"We were out to get the cray pots when a wave hit us, my father-in-law was driving and we were tipped out," he said. "[Lifeguards] saw the boat going out, then coming up and rolling over - the waves were dumping down, they reacted pretty quick."

Lifeguards assessed the two men, threw Mr Kitson a tube and rushed to rescue his father-in-law, Ivan Grieve who was being swamped by 2m waves.

If they hadn't been there with an inflatable rescue boat (IRB), the outcome might have been different, he said.

"Really, they were fantastic. It's important to have them there to keep an eye on boats, let alone the swimmers. Having the ability to pick people up, it saves lives."

This Sunday, Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club's IRB racing teams are hosting a fundraising event, profiling local artists and some spectacular beachside properties. People are invited to take part in the Waimarama Bach Tour between 10am and 4pm to view an eclectic collection of bachs and homes.

There will also be local artwork for sale at each stop and an opportunity to enter the historic ancestral Hakikino Tourism site at 11am and 2pm.

As well, people can sip coffee provided by Bay Espresso or grab a bite to eat at the surf lifesaving club while watching an IRB demonstration.

The Sugar Queen Cakery is also making some water-themed cupcakes, which will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $50, available from: Waimarama Store, Jarks Café, Edges Framing Workshop, Unio Goldsmith, Farmlands Hastings, Laver Wood Waipawa, Cox World Travel Napier or from the website www.waimaramasurf.org.nz/. Tickets will also be available on the day from the Waimarama Store.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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