Police Officer to attempt Cook Strait crossing



A Taranaki Police Officer is facing her toughest test yet by attempting to swim the Cook Strait this weekend.

Senior Sergeant Karley Hunt from New Plymouth has been training for months to become the first serving Police Officer to complete the gruelling ocean swim.

Her mission is to raise funds for her local Blue Light charity, which creates opportunities for at-risk youth.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says Karley’s decision to swim the Strait for Blue Light is inspirational.

“I am aware that Karley has put in a huge effort to prepare for the swim — she is an asset to her district and its communities.”

Karley hopes to set off from Ohau Point tomorrow (Saturday), weather permitting.

A significant amount of planning has gone into the swim — exactly where Karley starts and finishes relies heavily on tidal currents and weather.

“I’ve done enough and I am ready to go, but I’m not a speed demon so the crossing will mean about 12 hours in the water facing the challenges of currents, sea lice, mental fatigue, and maintaining a good pace.”

Sustaining her on the journey will be a steady supply of snacks, including peanut energy bars, warm Milo, and jelly beans.

“Jelly beans are my favourite so I’ve made sure there’ll be plenty available,” she says.

Karley’s progress can be followed at: https://trackme.kiwi/event/unlistedview/718/578873

Updates will also be posted on the Central District Police Facebook page.

The Central Taranaki branch of Blue Light, based in Stratford, runs a number of initiatives designed to provide positive experiences for youth, including trips, courses and relationship-building events.