Caution urged after capsizes at Kaituna Cut
Western Bay of Plenty Police and Coastguard are urging boaties to be prepared, after two boats capsized on the Kaituna Bar in two days.
On October 5, a small boat with two people aboard flipped on the bar.
As Maketu Coastguard were returning from that rescue they were sent to Pukehina, where four people on a small boat were reported to be in distress.
About 8am on October 6, another boat capsized on the Kaituna Bar with three people aboard.
Fortunately, no one was injured in any of the incidents.
Maketu Coastguard advises that the Kaituna boat ramp is currently out of commission, and boats are launching from the Bell Rd boat ramp, where the bar is not visible. It is not until boaties get to the bar that they realise conditions are not favourable.
The bar crossing can be treacherous three hours either side of low tide, and both the Kaituna incidents happened within this time frame.
Police and Coastguard are urging boaties to check the sea conditions and tides before launching.
Every person on a boat should also be wearing a lifejacket before crossing a bar.