Family thankful for boaties' rescue

Last updated 19:14 11/02/2013

Relevant offers

National

War hero banned from Motat after he labelled museum a 'spectacular failure' Models used in adverts for homeless charity a 'kick in the guts' NZ researchers link air pollution to strokes Marked by their religion – is the threat of homegrown terrorism real? Love the latest unforeseen casualty of the Brexit decision to leave the UK High-speed crash kills four near Hamilton, witnesses report 'racing' before impact Running nose, shaky knees and blurred sight? It must be the national chilli-eating competition Eric Watson: 'Brexit could provide a boon for Kiwi business' Lotto punters strike it lucky - but Powerball still up for grabs Sir Peter Snell's singlet raises money for Auckland man's medical treatment

The family of two men who were lost at sea for almost 24-hours are grateful the pair are home and safe.

Michael Ward, 72, and his son, 23-year-old John Ward had been due back at Mill Bay, Mangonui at 9pm last night, after setting out on a fishing trip in a 4.8-metre aluminium pontoon boat about 2pm yesterday.

Family alerted police when the men failed to return, and the Whangaroa Coastguard boat left Whangaroa Harbour about midnight to begin a coastline search.

The ship located the two men in their boat drifting 1.6 nautical miles offshore, northeast of the Tekura Rocks, at about 1.30pm, police said.

Nuu Ward, the wife of Michael, said it was a relief.

"They are home safe and we are indeed grateful to all the rescue people for their help."

Police said it appeared that the boat's outboard motor had broken down.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content