WES IN THE WARS
Our best wishes go to Wes Purves who is recovering well from the weekend’s most noteworthy mishap (Isn’t there always one?). Wes was launching his Joel White Shellback dinghy, Oky Dorey at Akaroa’s public ramp when a sudden gust brushed Wes off the adjacent elevated walkway. Wes reached for the handrail, but there wasn’t one, so he toppled into the waist-deep water. He’s not sure of the details (unsurprisingly), but thinks he landed head first on the rocky bottom. At some point on his descent he managed to bash his face and take a gouge out of his right thumb.
Some of our group went to Wes’ aid immediately and the local constable was on the scene very quickly. From then on Wes was in good hands and taken directly to the medical centre. While he was there, his car keys were recovered and handed in by some locals. His (by now worthless) phone (with a good collection of boat pictures on it!) had to wait for low tide to be returned to its owner.
By Takamatua barbecue time Wes was feeling a lot better and is photographed here with a yarn to tell and a beer to enjoy!.