An­other res­cue at Hokianga

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Hokianga Coast­guard res­cue boat was called out when a man, a woman and a dog found them­selves in trou­ble off the Hokianga Har­bour bar on Fri­day.

The cou­ple had been fish­ing in a 4m open boat, an­chor­ing be­tween the bar and North­west Reef, and, with con­di­tions be­com­ing rough with the fall­ing tide, were un­able to start the en­gine.

Coast­guard spokesman Jeff Cramp, who is also Rawene’s se­nior po­lice con­sta­ble, said by the time the res­cue boat ar­rived the swell was run­ning at 2m, with 3m break­ers over the bar. It took three at­tempts to get a line to the fish­er­men, who were then towed di­rectly to­wards the bar, land­ing at Opononi. Go­ing the other way would have taken them over the reef.

“She was a pretty spooky half-hour tow­ing them out of trou­ble,” Mr Cramp said, adding that he had been pleased to see all three were wear­ing life­jack­ets. They should not have gone out of the har­bour in choppy con­di­tions in a small open boat, how­ever.

Ear­lier in the week five peo­ple, from their early 20s to mid-60s, were res­cued when their 7m boat cap­sized near the en­trance to Whangape Har­bour in a com­bined ef­fort by lo­cal res­i­dents, the Ahipara Fire Bri­gade and Far North Surf Res­cue.

The fam­ily had had life­jack­ets aboard but had not been wear­ing them.

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