Boat disintegrates as it hits water
A fishing party was rescued in the Hauraki Gulf this morning after their boat sank.
Witnesses said the boat's wooden hull was in such poor condition it simply disintegrated once it hit the water.
The four men were pulled from the water by a passing boatie who came across them clinging to the remnants of their vessel.
The police maritime unit's senior launch master Murray Vercoe said the men got in to trouble near Kawakawa early this morning.
Both the police and coastguard were called to help them, but by the time the boats were on their way, the men had already been picked up.
A spokeswoman from the Kawakawa Bay Boating Club said the four men were dropped off there around 7.30am.
"They said they'd hit something near Ponui Island but really their boat was just in very bad shape," she said.
"They were lucky that another boatie saw them. And lucky that he then went back out to pick up their stuff for them and ended up towing the boat back in."
The woman said the men were very grateful to their rescuers. They had taken the boat home to burn it.