Ocean temperature no emergency

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 21:55 01/02/2014

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The Fire Service is reminding punters to reserve the 111 service for emergencies after a man rang with concerns about the ocean temperature tonight.

 "I went fishing at Half Moon Bay and the sea is like bath water. Can you send someone to test the temperature?" the caller said.

 “I don’t know if the earth is warming up or what.”

 The caller, from Auckland, said he thought the sea was around 23 to 25 degrees.

The average ocean surface temperature for this time of year is around 21 degrees, according to the Met Service.

 Fire service northern shift manager Jaron Phillips said his call-taker advised the man the fire service did not have the resources to investigate the issue.

 “We get heaps of stupid calls but I haven’t had one like that before,” Phillips said.

 “I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a Saturday night or it’s these King tides or what.”

 Phillips said the 111 line needed to be reserved for genuine emergencies. He asked if callers could only ring the fire service if it was life-threatening or property was at risk.

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- Fairfax Media

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