North Shore Times : December 9th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Thursday, December 9, 2010 Modern - Elegant - Affordable Warning: Signs and extra fencing are in place near the cliff at Quarry Lake where 17-year-old Raphael Alualu drowned. Photo: BEN WATSON Danger signs put up By MICHELLE ROBINSON PRINCIPALS of schools close to Quarry Lake are warning students to keep away from the area after the death of Raphael Alualu. The 17-year-old from Mt Roskill drowned after jump- inginfromthetopofa 10-metre high cliff while on a supervised field trip with a School of Business in Newmarket youth pro- gramme last Tuesday. Students from nearby Westlake Girls High School and Rosmini College are among scores of teenagers who have frequented the lake for years. Four other people have drowned there since 1980, including a Tongan man who jumped from a cliff in 2004. There have also been eight drownings at nearby Lake Pupuke, recorded by Water Safety New Zealand. If you're jumping, check the depth and for hidden objects and jump feet first,'' Water Safety general ma- nager Matt Claridge says. American rock giants Para- more are believed to have swum at Quarry Lake during the band's tour this year, Westlake student Jemma Western, 16, says. Jemma's friend Eryn Crombie, 15, hurt her neck when she jumped in from the same spot as Raphael just moments after hejumped and failed to surface. Eryn and her friends said they had felt safe swimming in the fresh water lake because there were usually lots of people around. But they will be steering clear for a while, she says. I'm never jumping off that thing again, not in my entire life.'' Jemma says she won't swim there for a while either but thinks other kids will still go because it's such a popular spot. Westlake Girls principal Alison Gernhoefer says she always encourages students to stay away from Quarry Lake and will warn them again when they return to school next year. It's always been known to me that it's a very dangerous area.'' She says teachers keep a close eye on the area during the school day. We don't want to lose any of our students.'' Rosmini College teachers held a special prayer meeting after Raphael's death and principal Tom Gerrard has spoken to students about the dangers of swimming at the lake. I think it would give them a lot of cause to think.'' A group of teens was seen swimming on the afternoon that Raphael's body was recovered by police divers, Tina Croasdale, a staff mem- ber from the neighbouring North Shore Squash Club, says. Temporary fencing and signs warning against going near the cliff edge have since been placed around the area.
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