Thunder Jet staff and customers in Queenstown got more than they bargained for on Saturday afternoon when a 27-year-old male Australian passenger stripped naked and threw himself and his possessions into the Kawarau River mid-trip.
Sergeant Keith Newell said that following a 360-degree spin near the Kawarau Falls Bridge, the man climbed out of his seat and made his way up on to the front of the boat where he stripped off in front of the driver and about 15 other passengers before throwing himself and his clothing into the water.
The man, who refused help from those trying to pluck him from the cold water, was eventually "physically" rescued by harbourmaster Marty Black and Thunder Jet staff who attended on another boat.
Good work and quick thinking by staff resulted in a positive outcome for the man who was shaking and frozen when he was eventually pulled from the water, Mr Newell said.
The man was taken by ambulance to Lakes District Hospital for a mental health assessment.
No charges will be laid.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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