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Meet the Candidates
A meet the candidates night will be held on
September 12 from 7pm at the Town and
Country Club in Balclutha. Candidates will
have three minutes each to speak, before set
questions and questions from the audience.
Each candidate will then have a minute to
speak. The night will be chaired by Colin
Mitchell. The candidates for the by-election
are Darrell Craig- Mackenzie, Stewart
MacDonell, and Ken Payne. Voting will open at
9am on September 13 and close at noon on
October 5, with voting by post.
The Clutha Country Music Club will hold a
garage sale from 10am on September 15 at
their clubrooms on Frances St, Balclutha.
Donations for the garage sale are welcome.
To arrange the pickup of items contact Lillian
on 318 0966. Items can be picked up at any
time before the day of the sale. The garage
sale is a fundraising event for the Big River
Talent Quest, a two-day talent quest that will
be held later in the year.
The West Otago Theatrical Society is looking
for any interested actors for a small comedy
drama to be staged later this year. Any
enquiries to Barbara Hanna on 204 8616.
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Lucky escape: Pilot boat Takitimu takes passengers back to Bluff after rescuing them from Ruapuke Island after a fishing and passenger vessel, The
Torea, with 26 people on board, started taking on water last month. All 23 passengers onboard were from South Otago. PHOTO: NICOLE GOURLEY
A rocky end to fishing day
A Balclutha passenger on the fishing
boat Torea that hit a rock in Foveaux
Strait has nothing but praise for the
captain of the boat.
The 20-tonne vessel, with 26 people
aboard, hit a rock and started taking on
water before skipper Peter Leask ran it
aground near Ruapuke Island on the
afternoon of August 24.
Town and Country Fishing Club
spokesman Russell Souness was one of
the 23 onboard from the South Otago area
and said he could not thank Mr Leask, or
the two crew with him, enough.
''The captain was unbelievable, he knew
exactly what he was doing,'' Mr Souness
''I can't believe how well that boat
captain did to get us where he did.''
Mr Souness was at the front of the boat
with Mr Leask and another passenger
when the boat hit the rock.
''Ted [Wong] and myself were sitting up
the front with the captain at the time.
''It hit quite hard, actually. It was lucky
no-one got hurt when we hit the rock.''
The captain sealed the bottom of the bow
off before ''steaming'' towards shore.
''We were very lucky the sea was that
''Besides hitting the rock, everything else
was in our favour.''
The passengers were ''very quick'' to get
life jackets on and move to the back of the
''We could see the front of the boat start
listing down a bit. It's bad when you're
throwing the beer and bread overboard
so you have something to hold on to [if
the boat sinks].''
It took about half an hour between the
boat hitting the rock and grounding near
the island, he said. The group were
fishing for oysters and blue cod.
''The day was very good up until we hit
He said the passengers had special
thanks for the rescue boats, helicopters
and everybody who helped them.
''You don't appreciate them until you
have something like that happen.''
An investigation into what caused the
Torea to take on water could take up to a
year to complete.
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