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Police updates – Glenorchy and Kaitoke water incidents, Paeroa medical emergency

Police updates 13 January 2023 news.

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 13 January 2023.

Name release – Kaitoke Regional Park water incident

Police are now in a position to name the man who died at Kaitoke Regional Park on Tuesday 27 December.

He was Rahmatulla Ramazani, 27, of Wellington.

Search following water-related incident, Glenorchy

A search is underway on Lake Wakatipu at Glenorchy following an incident where one person has gone missing in the water.

Emergency services were alerted about 3pm that someone had entered the water to assist another person, and had then failed to exit the water themselves.

A number of vessels are conducting searches on the water while two helicopters conduct aerial sweeps.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

Police assist with medical emergency

Thames Police transported a boy experiencing an allergic reaction from Paeroa to Thames Hospital under flashing lights and siren on Thursday 12 January.

At around 9.30pm Acting Sergeant Lyall Randell was returning to his home base at the end of his shift when he encountered a vehicle travelling over the speed limit, just south of Turua.

“I thought something was amiss because the vehicle had its hazard lights on,” says Acting Sergeant Randell.

“I pulled the vehicle over and the driver immediately explained the circumstances. A boy in the car was suffering an anaphylactic reaction from something he’d eaten. His lip was swollen and he needed medical attention.

“Together with the family, we decided the best option was to transfer the child and his mother to the Police patrol car and transport them to Thames Hospital.

“We arrived safely at the hospital where the child received the necessary medical attention.”

Police are pleased to have played a part in the successful outcome, but urge anyone who experiences a medical emergency to call 111 to get the help they need.

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