Another challenging week has gone by in Wanaka - some crazy weather including a well-received 90mm of rain, and some interesting incidents attended by local Police.
The week started out on a sad note on the 29th with a death on the lake shore opposite the skate park, and a serious injury to a paraglider pilot on Treble Cone.
On the 30th, Search and Rescue were involved in the extraction of a 26yr old female from Scott’s Rock Bivouac, after she suffered snow blindness. Also that day Police received a complaint of a vehicle being stolen from a party near Luggate. It was later recovered in Stone St, Wanaka, and property had been stolen from the vehicle. Enquiries are continuing to locate the culprit(s). Another identical complaint was made to Police more recently.
A reminder to those who take a vehicle to parties - lock your valuables in your vehicle and don’t leave the keys in the ignition. Keep vehicle keys in a secure place.
On the 1st February, two trampers staying overnight in Brewster Hut were unable to reach the safety of their vehicle due to high river levels. They were located and returned to their vehicle safely by SAR members. On the same day, a garage was entered at an Aubrey Road address, possibly someone looking for free firewood. Secure your properties night and day to prevent unwelcome visitors.
On the 2nd, another paraglider was rescued off Mt Roy, this time with some serious injuries, and he was flown to Dunedin Hospital. On the 4th, Police received a burglary complaint from an Albert Town address where a generator was stolen.
A reminder that the fire ban is still in place and even after 90mm of rain, the potential for fires is still very high. This is evident by the fact Fire and Police attended a fire on Sunday 4th in Queensbury were vehicles parked on dry grass started a fire which quickly spread, threatening homes. Two vehicles were burnt in this fire.
Police will continue to monitor the local drivers for speed, cell phone and intersection offences.
Have a safe week.