Four girls from Petone Rowing Club were blown out to sea on a support boat after its engine failed, police say.
The support boat crew had picked up two rowers after they fell out of their rowing skiff while training off the Petone foreshore when the boat’s engine failed about 6pm yesterday.
Offshore winds were blowing the boat out to sea when one of the girls decided to swim for help, police said.
A person on the shore saw that the group was in trouble and phoned police, who sent the police launch Lady Elizabeth IV and Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the scene.
The three girls on board the support boat were taken aboard the police launch and given blankets before being taken back to the rowing club.
The girl who had swum for help had made it to shore by the time police had reached the support boat.
One of the girls was treated for mild hypothermia, police said.
Police expressed concern that there were not enough life jackets on board the support boat for all four girls.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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