Red Beach lifeguards have extended their volunteer services by providing surf patrols at the northern beach of Pakiri. The picturesque beach, stretching for 8km on the eastern coastline, is a one hour drive north from Red Beach. Club members began patrolling on Saturday 5th December and will continue with regular weekend patrols through to Sunday 15th February.
The lifeguards are equipped with an IRB, a quad bike, a shelter tent with Red Beach SLSC signage, first aid equipment and they have radio contact with SurfCom based in Auckland.
The Red Beach club has seen a recent surge in its lifeguard membership, making it possible to provide volunteer surf patrols at two beaches.
“We’re receiving positive feedback from day-trippers, local residents and holidaymakers who have approached our lifeguards to express their delight at seeing the patrols at Pakiri,” said Red Beach lifesaving manager Chris Gurr.
To read the NZ Herald story of 29.12.09 on Red Beach lifeguards patrolling at Pakiri, click here.
To read the NZ Herald article regarding a drowning at Pakiri in January 2009, click here.
Coming soon … the story on how the Red Beach Surf Club took the initiative to provide lifeguard patrols at Pakiri.