Salvage team refloats Ayson

23:13, Feb 10 2014
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The salvage team works on refloating the Ayson before bringing it back to Bluff today.

A fishing trawler, which sank just metres from Stirling Point, Bluff, on Friday morning has been recovered.

The boat Ayson, skippered by Dylan Fowler and with two crew on board, went down just after 3am on Friday and the three men had to be rescued by the coastguard.

This morning the boat was pulled back to port after being refloated.It is understood the boat will be lifted on to the port this morning. 

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The salvage team works on refloating the Ayson before bringing it back to Bluff today.

The boat is owned by Hokonui Runanga.

Bluff Coastguard president Andy Johnstone said at the time, it had been returning to Bluff on Friday after a winch broke down on the boat when it hit rocks.

When the boat got into strife it had been full of fish, he said.

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