Fire service called in to save boat again

02:17, Dec 04 2012
Jewel sinks
Te Anau volunteer fire officers Graeme Humpheries (top) and Rhys Jones work to save a sinking 1919 boat "Jewel" in the Te Anau boat harbour.

The fire service has been called to save the boat Jewel from sinking for the second time this year.

The nearly 100-year-old boat began to sink in the Te Anau boat harbour today, nine months after getting into difficulty when being launched in Te Anau after a refit in Balclutha.

The Fire service was also in to save the boat in March as it began sinking after it was launched at Te Anau after a refit in Balclutha.

At the time, The Jewel shareholder David Grant, of Balclutha, said the boat would definitely be fixed and was not badly damaged.

The boat was built about 1918 in Dunedin and was said to be the first privately owned square-ended motor launch in Otago Harbour, Mr Grant said.

It was first launched in 1919 and had previously been restored and relaunched in Te Anau in 1990.

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