Jan. 14, 2019, 1:11 p.m.
The tragedy of losing a whānau member to drowning last year in Cable Bay led one Far North woman to start the water safety initiative Operation Flotation. Pat Millar decided she wanted to install flotation devices around unmanned beaches in Doubtless Bay to try and avoid any further unnecessary drownings.
With the backing from the local community, Operation Flotation managed to secure $800 in donations and Millar was able to install 5 of these safety devices between Taipa, Cable Bay and Coopers Beach. The council have also jumped on board and built holding racks for these flotation devices to be housed in.
Ms Millar is currently working through the next phase of the operation where they hope to install an alarm device to alert officials that the flotation device is in use. Through her initiative, Waipu Surf Life Saving club stopped at Cable Bay during a water safety tour of the north to help educate children and families.
For more information or to find out how you can help, please visit the Operation Flotation facebook page: