Navy to the rescue
A Whanga¯rei yachtie was relieved to see black-clad commandos aboard a warship after his boat got stuck on the rocks at the Poor Knights Islands. Lucas Remmerswaal told Stuff he had tried everything to get his yacht Tafadzwa off the rocks last Friday after anchoring too close. “Every wave provided new hope I would find enough freeboard to motor off but every hope was misplaced.” He put out a mayday call around 7.20am, which HMNZS Wellington responded to. “I was so grateful to see four men clothed in black commando-style outfits and helmets in the ship’s inflatable sea boat,” he said. Police Sergeant Ryan Gray said less than an hour after the mayday call the stricken boatie had been pulled off the rocks by a navy team. Lieutenant Commander Gibbs, captain of the navy ship, said they were pleased to be able to help.