Two fishermen and their dog were rescued after their dinghy sunk in the rough seas off the Wellington suburb of Seatoun this afternoon.
The pair set off in their 4m motor-less boat, using oars as propulsion, when they were hit by high waves.
They tried to turn back, but the boat was taking on water near Steeple Rock. They called the emergency services for rescue just after 12.30pm.
But before the Maritime Police launch arrived, members of the public reported the boat had sunk and the pair and the dog were in the water.
Making matters more dangerous was the fact one fisherman had not zipped up his lifejacket, and once in the water, became too cold to do so. If the man had slipped out of the jacket, he would have been in serious strife, police said.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was then dispatched, though the men and the dog were shortly after rescued by the launch. They had spent approximately 15 minutes in the water, in very cold and rough conditions.
Both were checked by paramedics, but did not require further treatment.
Maritime Police were concerned the pair had gone out in inclement weather, especially with oars being their only means of propulsion.
They said it was a timely reminder for all boaties to be mindful of their own and their boat's limitations before setting out.
- The Dominion Post
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