Friday, January 08, 2016

Police hope to reunite one-armed swimmer rescued from harbour with her family

An ambitious ‘swimmer’ was plucked from from the water at Wellington Harbour in New Zealand by the Wellington Police Maritime Unit on Wednesday.

Weighing in at only about 250gm and with vibrant red hair, the wee rag doll was in for a cold night had she not been rescued by Senior Constable Craig Pickering and the Maritime Team. “We could see that the poor thing was clearly in distress,” said Snr Constable Pickering.

“We hauled her on-board and treated her to a nice warm shower”. Communication with the yet to be identified swimmer has been difficult. She was located in the sea near Taranaki Street Wharf. It is unclear if she lost her left arm before or after entering the water.

“We would love to reunite her with her family. In the meantime she is a welcome guest on-board Lady Liz and seems to be finding her sea legs”, said Snr Constable Pickering. Anyone with information about who the doll may belong to is asked to make contact with the Wellington Maritime Unit.

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