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The Gisborne Photo News



A Life Saver

The Gisborne Surf Life-saving Association's surf ski rescue trailer has proved a very valuable asset during its three years of service. In that period, it has been called on five times, and has been responsible for the saving of three lives.

Virtually cost-free to run, the trailer is kept at Wards Transport, across the road from the Police Station, and in the case of an emergency is coupled to a police car and raced to the scene with a minimum of delay.

Designed and built by Waikanae Club senior Gary Thompson, with skis by Gisborne surfing stalwart Blackie Read, the completed equipment is estimated to have cost £150.

In addition to the two skis and paddles, the trailer also carries a small reel and line, and blankets, clothing, towels, togs, flippers, masks, and a first aid kit.

The first of its kind in New Zealand, it has created much interest in other beach centres.


The complete trailer in readiness for action


Rollers enable the skis to be removed quickly


Blackie Read and Ken Morse (secretary of G.S.L.S.A.), display the miscellaneous equipment stowed in the trailer.


The trailer with the skis removed