Diving trip ends in rescue

07:42, Jan 25 2014

Eight people on a diving trip had to be rescued in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf today after their boat began taking on water.

Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter crew member Mark Cannell said the group was 10km off Little Barrier Island when its motor cut out and the boat was swamped. 

Cannell says the helicopter found the boat and was able to direct another boat in the area to the scene.

He says the coastguard then arrived and took over towing duties.

Cannell says all those on board were wearing a combination of wetsuits and lifejackets and they did not need medical help.


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