Man dies, three rescued, after capsize
Waiuku Coastguard’s Nigel Griffiths said the three men saved were pulled from the water by Waiuku’s Carl Hill, who had been on the water in his own boat.
Griffiths said the Waiuku Coastguard launched their NZ Steel Rescue boat from Hoods Landing, after the 12ft ‘tinny’ with an outboard capsized. It is believed conditions were choppy at the time, with strong winds and rain, and the craft involved in the incident took on water and then capsized.
“It was a typical river boat,” Griffiths said, adding that he understands lifejackets were at the scene, but he didn’t know how many or whether they were being worn. He believed the vessel involved had also been launched from Hoods Landing.
The incident has again highlighted the importance of wearing lifejackets at all times on the water, with local Coastguard crews having attended a number of tragedies in April where fisherman have been lost and were not wearing lifejackets. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post