Boaties swim to safety after runabout overturns

Last updated 13:02 19/11/2012
Bill Moore

COMING HOME: The Nelson Coastguard, right and Port Nelson harbourmaster with the stricken boat under tow.

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The Nelson Coastguard towed a small runabout back to Port Nelson yesterday after it overturned in the Delaware Bay area, northeast of the city.

Harbourmaster Dave Duncan said he understood the two occupants were thrown into the water and swam ashore.

They were picked up from the shore by police who had been alerted to the overturned boat by a Delaware Bay resident.

The vessel, named Stingray, had capsized while negotiating the Delaware Bay bar, the entrance to the Cable Bay inlet.

The Coastguard turned the boat right-side-up and it was bailed out before the tow back to Port Nelson began. 

The tow was completed before 10.30am, with the harbourmaster's launch accompanying the two boats for the last stage of the trip.

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