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Westport woman Jolene McCauley was
on the phone to her husband fishing off
the Kaikoura coast when his boat was
Fourth-generation fisherman Shane
McCauley said “We’re in some trouble”,
before hanging up.
She did not hear from him again until he
was on the life raft.
Mrs McCauley had to wait two hours to
hear that her husband was safe on land.
She has yet to see him since his rescue as
he had to go directly to Wellington to sort
out insurance and talk to the company.
“I’m definitely looking for ward to seeing
him. And touch him again,” she said.
The drama began when she was chatting
to husband after he had called her from
sea. While they were talking one of the
boat ’s scuppers — a flap which lets water
on and off — broke. Thousands of litres
then began pouring into the 20m long
Mr McCauley said when he saw the
“daylight” coming through the side of the
ship he told his wife, he had to get off the
The four-man-strong crew had just five
minutes between the scupper breaking
and the boat sinking 5km offshore, north
of Kaikoura where they had been fishing
for barracuda, tarakihi, kahawai and red
The broken scupper damaged the side of
the ship as well as the deck.
The Victory II, built in the 1970s,
got into trouble at about 11.30am on
Mr McCauley said the crew briefly
thought they might be able to salvage the
ship and offloaded some of their catch to
lighten the load.
But it had soon become clear that it was
an “abandon ship” scenario.
“There was just a hole in the side of
the boat. Huge amounts of water were
pouring in on deck.”
The rescued fishermen triggered a
distress beacon, sent out a mayday signal
and abandoned the trawler.
“It was basically stepping off into the
life raft as the boat was sinking under our
feet,” he said.
The “short-sharp sea was nothing
untoward until things got untoward”, Mr
He said the hole looked “small” but
quickly became the “difference between
floating and sinking”.
“It was not like the sinking of the Titanic
movie when a band plays and everyone
lines up nicely It was every man to the life
raft and bloody smartly.”
He said that the crew ’s level of experience
meant the evacuation went very smoothly
which was just as well.
“There wasn’t time to repeat any orders,
put it that way.”
However, once on the life raft the crew
was still in danger.
“ When the boat started going down the
life raft was still tied to the boat.”
Mr McCauley said there had been no
time to grab a knife to cut it free.
“ Two of us got spilled back out of the
life raft. To me it (the life raft) was gonna
go down. It pulled about a third of the life
raft under before it popped free.”
The life raft was freed by its hydrostatic
release unit meaning once it was about
one-third under water it was automatically
Mr McCauley and the other crew
member who had been flung into the
water climbed back aboard the life raft
after the automatic release.
They then had to use a gumboot to bail
The Victory II sank in about 50m of
Mr McCauley then called his wife,
snapped a selfie of his “ lucky” crew then
turned off his cellphone to save the battery.
Clarence man John Reader, came to
the assistance of the men aboard his
crayfishing boat The Liquidator.
The Rescue Co-ordination Centre sent
two helicopters to the scene at about
11.45am. One of the helicopters, a Garden
City Helicopter, sighted the men before
Mr Reader arrived.
The four fishermen were plucked from
the life raft, where they had been sitting
wet, but “happy ”, Mr McCauley said.
Mrs McCauley said that she “ lost her
sh**”, and was in panic mode waiting to
hear that her husband was safe.
A father of seven children, Mr McCauley,
said he hoped to get back to Westport
He also looked forward to being able
to “cuddle his wife and family again And
have a whisky on the rocks,” he said.
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Rescue helicopter transfer
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called out once
over the weekend — to Westport to
transfer a medical patient
from Buller Hospital to Grey
A locked garage at the Front-line
Training premises (formerly Karoro
Learning Centre) was interfered
with in what police say was an
attempted break-in at the weekend.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth police, said there was
evidence of an attempted forced
entry to the garage. It occurred
some time between Friday evening
and 10am yesterday. Police were
keen to hear from anyone who
had noticed suspicious behaviour
around the site — either by
contacting the Greymouth Police
Station or via Crimestoppers,
0800 555 111.
Arrivals: Ikawai. In port; Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Ikawai, Claymore, Har vester,
Sovereign, 22 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Jay Elaine, today. Expected arrivals;
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow; Moon
Shadow II, Thursday.
Tuesday June 13
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
away peacefully on June
10, 2017 at the Chats-
wood Rest Home in her
78th year. Dearly loved
wife of John, much
mother-in-law of Chris,
Stephen and Karen,
Tony and Tina, and
Rodney and Karen.
Beloved nana of Alice,
Gabriel, Joel and Logan.
A loved sister and
sister-in-law of Rob (de-
ceased and Mary, and
the late Kathleen. A
much loved aunt to
Sally. A special thanks
to Dr Michael Glen and
the staff at Chatswood
Rest Home for their care
shown towards Barbara
and her family. Mess-
ages C/- The Bird
Family, PO Box 35046,
Christchurch 8640. In
lieu of flowers donations
to the Kidney
Foundation would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. A
celebration of Barbara's
life will be held at
the Canterbury Cremato-
rium Chapel, Linwood
Avenue, on Thursday
June 15 at 11am.
Dignity with Sincerity
Passed away suddenly
on Saturday June 10,
2017, aged 59. Dearly
loved and cherished
husband of Charmaine,
admired best mate of
Layton, Brady, Ayden,
and the late Sheydin,
loved son of Marie and
the late Joe, loved
brother of Monica and
Brian, and Anne and
Philip, loved son-in-law
of Jim and Nancy, loved
Stephen and Katrina,
and Scott and Juliana,
and a loved uncle and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 306 Johnston
Hokitika 7881. A
funeral service to cele-
brate John's life will be
held in the All Saints
Stafford and Bealey
Funeral Directors Ltd.
Phone (03) 755 7993.
Buller skipper has lucky escape
The Green Party candidate for West
Coast-Tasman was in Greymouth
yesterday to share her policies, and her
unusual family history.
With former list MP Kevin Hague now
running Forest and Bird, there
was a vacancy so third-term Nelson
City councillor Kate Fulton stepped
She is a direct descendent of Mary
Mueller (great, great, great-grandmother),
New Zealand ’s first suffragette and a
mentor to Kate Sheppard.
Born in Nelson, Ms Fulton was awarded
a biomedical PhD scholarship to attend
Cambridge University. While finishing
her PhD and parenting young children
she moved with her family to Melbourne
and worked as a research scientist, before
returning to New Zealand in 2009.
Raised with the promise of a free
education, she said she had been unable
to promise her teenage children the
She chose to stand for Parliament for
many reasons, but watching Donald
Trump campaign was one of them.
Ms Fulton was in Greymouth yesterday
for an NZEI union ‘meet the candidates’
forum, and to present submissions to the
Grey District Council on forestry. She also
met with Development West Coast staff
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Green Party candidate for West Coast-Tasman, Kate Fulton, was in Greymouth yesterday with Green list MP Eugenie Sage.
West Coast-Tasman Green Par ty candidate in Greymouth
West Coast mum and dad property
investors have been urged to understand the
new rules in dealing with asbestos or risk a
Asbestos can be everywhere from vinyl
flooring to ceiling.
Under new Work Safe NZ legislation,
the updated Management and Removal of
Asbestos Act, rental property owners are
now responsible for identifying and dealing
with asbestos in tenanted homes.
Betta Inspect It property inspector for
the West Coast, Daniel Schumacher, said
rental property owners were regarded
under the health and safety legislation as
PCBUs (a person conducting a business or
Asbestos is the single biggest cause of
deaths from work-related disease. On
average about 170 people die every year
from asbestos-related diseases. Breathing
in airborne asbestos fibres is a serious
risk to health — once the fibres are
breathed in, they lodge in the lungs and may
Mr Schumacher said landlords needed to
ensure they have checked rental properties for
asbestos and if found, know its current state
and put in place an asbestos management
plan for any stable asbestos that did not
need to be removed immediately.
“Property owners need to make tenants
aware if the house has asbestos and
what state it is in. In most instances, it
can be in a good state but wear and tear
needs to be monitored. For example
if a vinyl floor
deteriorates it can cause dust — which can
“The first step is pretty easy in that eight
out of 10 houses built pre-mid 1980s had
asbestos — whether that be in ceilings, walls
or floor. The next step is to get a property
inspection from a qualified inspector, who
will identify the asbestos, its current state
and recommend the best approach to
managing the removal of any asbestos that ’s
in deteriorating state.
“It sounds costly but it’s actually not when
it comes to health risks associated with
asbestos, it’s better to deal with it early,” Mr
The one-off test is done by a property
inspector, who takes samples which are
analysed by an accredited laboratory for the
presence of asbestos.
Landlords need to check for asbestos
An Auckland ferry hit a submerged
object in the Waitemata Harbour this
The Discovery 360 passenger ferry had
just pulled out of the Hobsonville Point
terminal at 8am when it collided with
an unknown object so large it caused an
enormous bang, according to passengers.
Auckland Transport spokesman Mark
Hannan said the skipper immediately
turned off an engine on the side the
object struck and continued into the city
at a slow speed.
The packed morning commuter ferry
arrived in the city 15 minutes late.
Replacement buses were being put on
while the ferry was out of action.
Ferry hits object in harbour
Punakaiki residents facing another rate rise
to pay to extend the rock seawall northwards
have another problem — the current wall has
slumped in several places.
In a report to the West Coast Regional
Council meeting today, engineers Paulette
Birchfield and Brendon Russ said the slump
was due to a drop in the beach level as well as
high seas early this year.
Before work started on repairs, further
slumping occurred. In the end G H Foster
Contracting did $14,750 of work initially by
dumping 500 tonnes of rock. The final cost after
the additional slumping was $45,000.
The council is currently accepting submissions
on a proposal to extend the wall to the north,
which would raise some householders’ rates to
more than $6700 annually.
The council has purchased a property north
of Punakaiki with a good supply of quality
aggregate rock to support the construction of
the northern extension.
Meanwhile, repairs have been made to an
erosion hit spot on the bank of the Grey River
at Coal Creek. In April, contractors dumped
200 tonnes of rock from the Kiwi quarry there,
followed by a further 47 tonnes, costing a total
The wet summer and spring also saw work at:
Wanganui River — $27,000 tonne of rock
after April flood to replace groyne.
Inchbonnie — more than $12,000 of work
after March flood damage.
Taramakau — $34,000 of work after March
Granite Creek (Karamea) — willows
removed for $6000, also stopbank behind
school is being rebuilt.
Future work will include rebuilding several
sections of seawall at Mokihinui, building a
220m wall upstream of the Kaniere Bridge, and
finding a solution for Carters Beach, Westport.
Punakaiki rock wall slump
The Greymouth SPCA may get to vote on
whether to remain a separate branch, or join
into one tighter structure.
Chairman Murray Hay said the ‘ Working
as One’ proposal would go to the vote at the
next RNZSPCA annual general meeting in
Auckland, at which each SPCA centre would
have the opportunity to vote either for or
against the proposed change.
“I will be attending and voting as our branch
delegate. If this gets passed at the AGM then
each of the 46 individual branches will then
have to decide if they want to join in or go it
alone, and therefore cutting ties with the SPCA
branding,” Mr Hay said.
They had been told the current structure was
‘not fit for purpose’ or sustainable, with many of
the 46 branches around the country struggling
with either a lack of volunteers or finances.
The new structure would provide a
stronger voice for the animals, with better
opportunities in marketing, and fundraising,
inspectorate, centre management, education,
In a One SPCA structure, Greymouth
SPCA would work closely alongside the
other centres such as Hokitika, Westport, and
Greymouth SPCA to vote on future
The Victory II
The crew, safe in a liferaft.
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