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Boaties rescued at South Bay, Kaikoura

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The three occupants of a dinghy were seen waving from the water at about 5.40pm last night trying to use oars to get back to shore, but they continued to be swept out by a strong current.

A member of the public saw the dinghy nearly 1km from the South Bay shore, and alerted police.

They were rescued by Police with the help of a recreational vessel, and were towed back to shore by 6pm.

All occupants of the dinghy were wearing life-jackets and no one was injured.

‘It’s a good reminder that if you get into trouble and are wearing a lifejacket when boating, jet skiing or kayaking – your chances of survival are much greater.

‘Police would also like to remind people to have two forms of waterproof communication on board, such as mobile phone or marine radio.

‘Know the weather and local water conditions before you get in.’

Image credit: Nikita Belokhonov

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Source:NZ Police

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