Two women on a mission to educate Kiwis about the dangers of old life jackets

Travelling the length of the country in a Coastguard van two women are out to swap dangerous old life jackets for new ones.

Since before Christmas last year Coastguard Boating Education's Sue Tucker and Mary Miller have taken over 3000 unusable life jackets out of commission and swapped them for new ones.

"There are some ignorant people but I really think everyone can be educated," says Ms Miller.

Along their journey they have discovered some shocking excuses for life jackets, including jackets with no foam, holes and one that was 60 years old. 

"At the end of the day, everyone wants to see their mate or family member come home," says safety educator, Sue Tucker.

It's the season for boating which means, sadly, the season for boating accidents. Source: Seven Sharp


Police release name of 14-year-old swimmer missing off Christchurch beach

Police have released the name of a 14-year old boy who went missing while swimming off Scarborough Beach in Christchurch on Monday.

He was Jack Sutton of Linwood.

Police and LandSAR volunteers are continuing to search the beach and coastline in Sumner for Jack. 

Police said tonight Jack's family would like to express their thanks for the care and support given to them by the Sumner community and have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

The 14-year-old went missing off Sumner Beach yesterday about 3.20pm. Source: 1 NEWS


Thousands expected at annual Burt Munro rally in Southland this weekend

The Burt Munro challenge takes place in Southland this weekend and thousands are expected to attend the event which commemorates the legendary motorbike racer. 

"A bit over 200 people for the rally and then in addition to that there's about 600 competitors" says Rally Chairman, Wayne Affleck. 

Even though Munro died 40 years ago the event still draws in leather-clad petrol heads from all over the world every year.

Bill Swallows who came all the way from Yorkshire, England says "I remember the guy when I was younger and actually doing it, I mean actually doing it. He's a legend."

The event will be in it's 12th year and held in February instead of November to make sure the conditions are perfect to ride along the famous Oreti Beach where Burt rode his Indian motorcycle for the first time. 

The event runs until Sunday and police are expecting a big number of visitors. 

Four decades after his death the record-breaking Kiwi is still inspiring riders from around the world. Source: 1 NEWS