Boaties saved after capsize

LIB WILSON
Last updated 07:00 02/01/2014

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Two boaties had to be plucked from the sea yesterday after their boat capsized on the Raglan Bar.

While they were rescued safely, their boat was not so lucky and is yet to be recovered.

Raglan surf lifesavers raised the alarm around 9.45am and began the rescue operation with the Raglan coastguard.

The lifeguards launched an inflatable rescue boat, retrieved the two men from the water, and brought them back to shore.

Constable Maree Fouhy, of the Raglan Police, said it was fortunate life guards were watching the 5m Haynes Hunter fibreglass boat as it tried to cross the bar and saw it capsize, allowing the pair to be rescued within minutes.

While they were both shaken from the ordeal, they said they were thankful to be alive, she said.

Sergeant Warren Shaw of the Waikato police search and rescue squad said the men had done everything right in terms of safety kit, allowing a successful rescue.

They were wearing lifejackets and carrying locator beacons. However, there was a reasonable swell at Raglan and the combination of their boat and their skills meant they got into difficulties.

His message to boaties was to consider whether they and their boat could cope with the conditions before making a trip.

"If in doubt, don't go out." Raglan's "tricky" bar was also the site of many accidents.

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- Waikato Times

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