Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Two men were plucked from the sea af­ter their small alu­minium boat over­turned off Mel­lons Bay last Fri­day. The men, who were not wear­ing life jack­ets, were left bob­bing in the wa­ter about 1.6km off­shore. A mem­ber of the pub­lic called po­lice just be­fore 7pm when he spot­ted the pair in trou­ble. A pass­ing ferry dropped life jack­ets to the men, and stayed with them as they waited for help, po­lice Sergeant Craig Kennedy says. ‘‘The po­lice Ea­gle heli­copter crew soon lo­cated the men while a Auck­land Po­lice Mar­itime Unit rigid-hulled in­flat­able boat made its way to the bay. When po­lice ar­rived another boat had turned up, had col­lected the drenched men and was tow­ing the stricken boat to shore.’’ Kennedy says po­lice are ‘‘grate­ful’’ to the mem­ber of the pub­lic for rais­ing the alarm, and to the ferry crew for go­ing to the men’s aid. ‘‘It was for­tu­nate the in­ci­dent hap­pened in calm con­di­tions while it was still light, other­wise it could have been a dif­fer­ent story.’’

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