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Explosion sparks rescue

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014
Burning boat
BURNING BOAT: Waiheke Rescue is called out to rescue the two occupants of this burning vessel at 7.55am on Friday morning, off Motutapu Island. 

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An early morning callout to a burning vessel marked the start of a full-on day for Waiheke Coastguard on Friday.

The call at 7.55am was to a fire sparked by an explosion on a vessel off Motutapu Island.

Crew chief Robb Henry says Waiheke Rescue was first on the scene and picked up the two occupants, who were given treatment for mild smoke inhalation and shock.

The crew then helped the harbour master cordon off the area while police and firefighters dealt with the burning vessel.

Waiheke Rescue towed the stricken craft to Gulf Harbour Marine before its crew helped with two more incidents that kept them busy until late afternoon.

In February, Waiheke Rescue volunteers were called to 20 incidents, including a burning launch which sank on February 19.

Coastguard's annual fundraising appeal will be in May.

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