Cau­tion urged af­ter cap­sizes at Kaituna Cut

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

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.

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