North Shore Rescue launched early in the morning on Wednesday 14th January to assist a vessel in difficulty off Devonport. We returned to Browns Bay briefly before the next call came in, this time to assist a vessel few miles off the North Shore towards Tiri Tiri Matangi.
While we were afloat, our tractor driver Charlie ran into difficulty. He couldn’t move it to park it, and it was highly likely the rescue vessel would not be able to return to shore, rendering the rescue vessel non-operational during a busy period on the water.
Charlie contacted Kevin Wakeford, a volunteer with the local Boating Club, and Browns Bay’s foremost tractor expert (he’s spent the last 20+ years keeping the launch tractors at Browns Bay running!). Kevin left a job site in Otahuhu and travelled to Browns Bay to help get things working again.
Kiwi ingenuity at its best!