We have had a sad start to this week with the death of a 39 year old male in Lake Wanaka, on Monday, after he got into difficulty swimming. Our condolences go to the family. I also want to recognise the efforts of Ambulance and Fire Brigade staff who tried extremely hard to revive the male, but were unsuccessful.
The same afternoon we also assisted in coordinating the rescue and treatment of a paraglider who had crashed on Treble Cone.
With general policing we have had a steady week.
There were three drivers apprehended for drink driving, the highest recorded at 669. Remember the limit is 250mg/ litre of breath.
On Saturday night a large Rave party was held on the banks of the Clutha River between Tarras and Luggate. Unfortunately Wanaka and Cromwell police had to attend several incidents as a result of this, tying up staff for several hours. There was an assault where a male sustained head injuries and also the unlawful taking of two vehicles. Both vehicles were unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. One vehicle was located in Wanaka the other on SH6. Unfortunately, property was stolen from both. Perhaps there is a lesson there, lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables in the open.
This week sees the return to school for most students. Please remember many students will be walking or riding to school, so take extra care when driving near children. To those who are dropping their children off, please park legally and safely. There is also a 5kph tolerance for speed when driving in marked school zones.
Found property is pouring in fast each week – Items of interest this week is: silver jewellery found at Eely Point, watches, plus the usual phones and wallets. Please call in if you have lost any items.
Sorry, a bit rushed this week. Be safe out there.