Boat failures prompt gear reminder

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 08:00 19/11/2012

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The motors on two small boats failed along the Kaikoura coast last week, prompting the Coastguard to remind boaties to check their gear before they head out.

The Coastguard and police were called out on Friday afternoon to a small aluminium boat which had broken down.

Kaikoura Coastguard vice-president Jack Kemp said a man from the area and two visitors from Britain were on board when the boat got into trouble on rocks off the end of the Pt Kean seal colony.

The Coastguard team managed to throw the boatie a line and towed the boat back to Jimmy Armers Beach.

The northeast wind had come up quite badly, and had created a one-metre chop by the time they arrived, Mr Kemp said.

The wind and the lack of equipment on the stricken boat created the potential for a far more serious situation, he said.

The first callout had been about 11.30am on Thursday to another aluminium dinghy that had broken down near Paia Pt, 18km south of Kaikoura.

The boatie had managed to paddle the boat back to shore by the time the Coastguard arrived.

Constable Wendy Bennett, of Kaikoura, said the man had been well equipped and had done everything right.

Mr Kemp said the Coastguard was reminding all boaties of their responsibilities coming into the start of the summer boating season.

It was important to ensure all equipment, especially motors, was checked before going on to the water.

Essential equipment for all boats included flares, VHF radio, cellphone and lifejackets.

Boaties also needed to check conditions before heading out.

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