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.