Sea shuttle gets that sinking feeling

Last updated 12:58 02/05/2014
Sarah Wilson'

GOING DOWN: A tourist vessel became submerged off Anchorage when its rear anchor dragged, putting it on a sandbank and filling it with water.

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A tourist vessel became a semi-submersible in Abel Tasman National Park.

The Kaiteriteri Kayaks boat was moored overnight on Saturday off Awaroa when its rear anchor dragged, putting it on a sandbank. It filled with water when the tide came in.

Keith Knapp, director of Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles, which owns Kaiteriteri Kayaks, said no-one was on board when the incident occurred.

The company brought in its barge, lifted the rear of the boat and pumped it out.

Mr Knapp said the engines had been removed so they could be checked for any damage.

The boat is used to transport kayaks and clients to locations along the park's shoreline.

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