Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our World Tuesday: outdoor wed: Omaha beach.

On patrolled beaches, there are two flags that mark where swimmers can swim. These are the areas where the surf guards can see you. On TV, we watch a lot of Bondi beach in Australia and Piha beach in New Zealand. Often, foreignors are not aware how important this is. http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Auckland man swept to his death
10:50 AM Wednesday Jan 11, 2012

A man has reportedly drowned on Waihi Beach. Photo / Thinkstock
A man has reportedly drowned on Waihi Beach. Photo / Thinkstock

An Auckland man was swept off a rock while fishing with friends north of Waihi Beach last night.

The four men were fishing at Homunga Bay when the 30-year-old man was swept away by a wave.

He did not resurface for some time and although lifeguards were at the spot within minutes , ambulance staff were unable to revive him, Sergeant Dave Litton said.

The spot was a popular fishing spot and not known to be dangerous, Mr Litton said.

But yesterday there were 2-3m swells and the man was probably standing too close to the edge.

"He was not dressed for being in the water.''

Police said the death highlighted the need for personal flotation devices and life jackets while fishing.

The man's name would not be released until next of kin had been notified.




Indrani said...

Very important from safety point of view.

Ginny Hartzler said...

The sea is a dangerous place anymore. Medical waste, jellyfish, sharks, oil slicks. Give me a pool anytime, and just let me lay by the beach and look!

Penelope Notes said...

It’s vital to be aware of the signs and to obey safety rules when dealing with the sea. A calm day at the beach can change in the blink of an eye.

Jo said...

It's always advisable to adhere to the rules and signpost warnings. Makes the guards work a lot easier. Have a great day, Ann. Blessings. Jo

Anonymous said...

i would have thought /most/ people would know about swimming between the flags
i want to come visit NZ

eileeninmd said...

Some people always have to take chances and live on the edge and they pay dearly. I have read and seen on the news about the ship breaking in half. It is a shame about all the pollution this accident will create. I hope they are out there cleaning up the mess right away.

Ebie said...

There are always these cautionary signs to keep swimmers from harm. Great warning.