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Rescued boaties ignored guard's warnings

Posted by SLSNR Admin on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Seven boaties on planned fishing trips ignored repeated warnings about dangerous sea conditions in Northland waters over the long weekend and had to be rescued by lifeguards.

A further three boats were involved in near misses as swells between 1.5-2m wreaked havoc for seagoers, mostly Aucklanders who headed up north for fishing expeditions.

Among those who were rescued was a 7-year-old girl after a fibreglass boat she and two adults were in flipped over about 200m offshore at Mangawhai Heads just before midday on Saturday. They were lucky that it was the last weekend for lifeguards to patrol Northland's surf beaches.

Mangawhai Heads surf lifesaving club captain Patria Harris said the 5m boat's outboard engine stalled before a huge wave swamped them. She said two lifeguards rescued the child and a female before another two went in a rescue boat and picked up a male who had jumped in the water.

Ms Harris said the fishing boat rolled just after the man was rescued. The rescued were from Auckland and their boat was later rolled back over before being towed to shore.

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