Quick reaction saves yacht

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 22/01/2014
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IN TROUBLE: People rush to help as the Zeta becomes stranded on the rocks at Putiki Bay.

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A yacht has been saved from the perils of rocks at Putiki Bay, thanks to quick thinking residents.

Shelly Beach Rd resident Sherryn El Bakary says she saw the vessel called Zeta heading for the rocks when she got home at 3pm on January 14.

She had slipped her Shelly Beach mooring.

"I immediately called the Harbour Master and the boaties' telephone tree.

"Within minutes we had a number of people running to help save this beauty but the weather was too rough to hold it out away from the rocks with oars."

Ms El Bakary says someone fixed a line to stabilise the yacht and stop it being washed further in to the bay.

"Gradually, as the tide came in, it swung around to face into the wind.

"As the tide came in further, it finally righted itself completely and the engine was able to be started to pump water out," she says.

"After about two hours I was thrilled to see her get out of the bay."

The owner was delighted with the response of people who came to help.

"I'm very grateful for their commitment to saving the boat.

"I want to thank everyone involved, particularly Glen from Mermaid Marine."

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