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.



TexWisGirl said...

how terribly sad...

Ginny Hartzler said...

You are braver then me, your son should be proud that you tried!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It sounds like that beach has dangerous tides. It is so sad the young boy died there.I hope your and your son are careful if you go there again.

Leah H. said...

Wish I was there enjoying the beach:) It is cold/ winter here:(

Visiting for MYM! Hope you can stop by:)


Kim, USA said...

Oh my that is a very sad story. The boy is really a hero. Take care!

Yellow & Blue

GingerV said...

this hurts doesn't it? In Houston / Galveston area, every year there is a lost of a child, once three from the same family. along the outlet of Galveston bay there are big signs posted, but ignored.

rainfield61 said...

If the sun glasses happen to reach my place.

I shall send back to you through e:mail.

Jessica said...

the water looks refreshing :-) Visiting from MYM, hope that you can return the visit too.