Jetboats back in action

03:03, Jul 11 2012

The big thaw is on. Jetboat operator Shotover Jet is back in action and Skippers Canyon Jet, which operates further up the Shotover River, is hoping to get on the water today after one of the biggest freezes in 20 years left the river frozen in parts.

Operators were kept off the water for more than a week. Ngai Tahu Tourism southern region jetboating manager Clark Scott said operations resumed at 2pm on Monday and the company was "fully operational" by yesterday after getting close to its 1994 record of 11 consecutive days of inactivity because of ice.

"We're operating again, thank goodness," Mr Scott said.

Meanwhile, Skippers Canyon Jet managing director Ben Hohneck said it was much warmer in the canyon yesterday and although they were still off the water they hoped to be able to resume business today.

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