Missing Yacht Found, No Signs of Sailor
The skipper of the yacht Tafadzwa, Paul van Rensburg, is not on board the vessel, found drifting west of the Chatham Islands yesterday. RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator Geoff Lunt said two men from a fishing vessel managed to board Tafadzwa around 8am. “Unfortunately it seems Paul has fallen overboard. It appears his life raft, dinghy, emergency beacon and kayak were all still on board the yacht.” Mr Lunt said Paul’s dog, Juanita, was found alive on board Tafadzwa and was being looked after by the crew of the fishing vessel.
Taxi Driver Safety Review
An assurance to Tauranga taxi drivers, an announcement on driver safety is likely within weeks. There have now been three attacks on taxi drivers in the space of a week. In the latest, a New Zealand Cabs driver was punched in the face early yesterday in Dive Crescent when the alleged attacker was refused a ride for being too drunk. Transport Minister Steven Joyce, who was in Tauranga yesterday, says he knows how keen everyone is to see the safety review.
Earth Hour Message ‘Getting Through’
Tauranga City Council says Saturday's Earth Hour isn't about the numbers, but more about raising awareness. New figures show Bay of Plenty recorded a zero percent saving. Sustainability coordinator Michelle Elborn says the message is getting through.
Man Airlifted to Hospital
A Tauranga man's receiving treatment for burns at Waikato Hospital. The 62 year old received burns to the face, throat and hands after having trouble starting his home built plane. He was flown to hospital by the Trust Power TECT chopper and is said to be in a moderate condition.
Chemical Plant Fire Sparks Large Callout
A fire at a chemical plant in Tauranga on Saturday night, prompted a large emergency callout. Senior station officer Jeff Maunder says an electrical short circuit set fire to some timber in the Hexion Chemicals building at the Port of Tauranga. He says the fire could've been very dangerous. However, Mr Maunder says crews brought it under control quickly.