Storm throws up a memorial to tragedy

21:14, Apr 22 2014
Easy Rider memorial
WASHED ASHORE: A memorial message written on a polystyrene box lid to crew of the Easy Rider washed up on Scarborough beach

A message on a polystyrene board has travelled more than 600 kilometres to wash up on a Timaru beach.

Wild weather during the Easter break washed a number of objects onto the shore - some more significant than others.

While out walking at Scarborough beach on Sunday, Alan King found a polystyrene board amongst the driftwood.

He said he usually takes a bag and picks up plastic rubbish and bottles, but this one was too good to throw away.

Written on the board was a Maori prayer and the names of the eight people who died in the Easy Rider boat sinking in March 2012 off Saddle Point on the northern tip of Stewart Island.

King suspected the memorial board was placed in the water in Invercargill to mark the anniversary and was carried north with the current.


The rough seas on Friday also washed up a lot of driftwood along the coastline.

Most of the beaches will be left to their natural devices to clean themselves up, apart from Caroline Bay which gets taken care of by the Timaru District Council.

Parks and recreation manager Bill Steins said the council would wait for the swell to settle down before cleaning up the beach.

Environment Canterbury duty flood controller Philip Lees said although they did contact people along the coast on Friday, they were not aware of any flooding as a result of seas over-topping the beach.


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