EMMA DANGERFIELD / FAIRFAX NZ
Judith, left, and Ian Croucher, right, of South Bay Fishing Charters, have paid for a defibrillator which will be made available to the public and will be located at the South Bay Marina. They are pictured with Kaikoura St John station manager Don Wright in the center.
The South Bay Marina will be a hive of activity over the next six months with contractors working on the excavation adding to the number of tourists, boaters and the resident community.
And now they’ll all be in better hands with the addition of a defibrillator that the general public will have access to.
Ian and Judith Croucher of South Bay Fishing Charters decided they would like to fund rescue equipment, echoing the sentiment “charity begins at home”.
âWe’re going to have a lot of workers here, as well as tourists,â Croucher said.
* Kaikoura Bowling Club gives public access to the defibrillator
* The community of Kekerengu takes responsibility for the rescue equipment
âIt will be the only one ashore in South Bay, so we are happy if it can be used by anyone in need.
“And we would also like to challenge other companies to think about doing the same.”
Croucher also thanked the Kaikoura District Council for including the equipment in their insurance policy.
The user-friendly defibrillator will be installed on the wall outside the public toilets.
Kaikoura St John station manager Don Wright said the latest addition to South Bay comes on top of the growing number of public access defibrillators in the district, which have the potential to save lives.
The new West End Civic Center also has a defibrillator on its exterior wall that can be accessed at any time, Wright said.