Boat hits Shelley Bay rocks, sinks

Last updated 12:20 12/01/2014

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Four Wellington boaties did everything right when their boat started taking on water and they had to be rescued, Maritime police says.

Last night shortly before 8pm Maritime Police and the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard were called to help a 16-foot boat that had hit rocks near Shelley Bay and was taking on water.

Three of the adults on board, who were all wearing lifejackets, jumped into the sea and swam the 30m to shore while the skipper stayed on board and tried to save the vessel.

When help arrived, the skipper had jumped into the sea as the boat had almost completely sunk.

Maritime Police senior launch master Barry Hart said the Coastguard put a line on the boat and managed to bring it to the surface as it towed it across to Evans Bay where it was put on a trailer.

Mr Hart said not many boats hit rocks off Wellington but he suspected the boaties had been trying to reach the shore at Shelley Bay when it struck trouble.

"They've done everything right and the saving grace was that they were close to shore when they got in to trouble,'' he said.

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