Monday, January 30, 2012
Mellow yellow: Strong waves at Bethells beach.
While most of us were just frolicking in the strong waves at Bethells Beach, my 15 year old tried to surf. I too joined the rest and talk of being drama queen, I was knocked over by a huge wave, fell, gurped mouthful of salty water, and dragged a few meters, scraped my knee, and lost my sun glasses.
The surf guard asked if I was alright. I didn't dare to tell him I lost the glasses.
Missing teenager's body found near Bethells Beach
Last updated 21:58 24/01/2012
Police have found the body of a 15-year-old boy who was swept out to sea off Bethells Beach on Auckland's west coast five days ago.
Zebedee Pua, 15, went missing from O'Neill Bay, 1km north of Bethells Beach, last Thursday after rescuing a young girl from the surf.
The boy's body was spotted from the Eagle police helicopter at Kirikiri Bay, north of Bethells Beach, about 5pm Tuesday and was recovered with the help of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Pua was last seen alive by his 12-year-old brother Raymond, who said he and his older brother had been wandering around the rocks and did not plan to go swimming.
He said his brother was a ''hero'' for rescuing the young girl.
Bethells is Auckland's third-most dangerous beach, according to the number of rescues.
Surf Life Saving figures show 114 people were rescued there in the past four years, with 22 in the past year.