CanTeen kids take cruise

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 12:19 07/02/2013
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Joy ride: A Manawatu Coastguard boat with the CanTeen kids on board off Foxton Beach.

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A group of young people with cancer enjoyed the thrill of boat and jetski rides off Foxton Beach on Saturday.

The Manawatu Coastguard took out six CanTeen children for joy rides.

"They spent an hour-and-a- half out on the water and they absolutely loved it," Coastguard vice-president Tony Huisman said.

"The looks on their faces was amazing. It was a real highlight for them." Mr Huisman said some were unfamiliar with boats and slightly hesitant at first.

"But within half an hour of being out on the water they were having a ball and couldn't get enough of it. At the end of the day they were already talking about arranging to do it again."

Mr Huisman said the experience was also a highlight for the Coastguard volunteers and a welcome change from carrying out searches and rescues.

"It made us feel so proud to be part of Coastguard, to be able to provide this experience for them."

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