“Lifejackets help prevent tragedy on Wellington Harbour”

Lifejackets have played a major role in preventing potential tragedy in two recent boating incidents on Wellington Harbour.

At 11:44am Police received a call from occupants of a 6 metre recreational catamaran (not 65 feet as previously reported) saying their boat was sinking approximately 300 metres west of Sommes Island, in Wellington Harbour.

A short time later they advised Police that their boat had now sunk and they were in the sea.

All three people were wearing lifejackets.

As the Wellington Police Maritime Unit vessel Lady Elizabeth IV responded, a passing yacht spotted the trio in the water and uplifted them. They were subsequently safely returned to shore.

“Today’s incident goes to show just how quickly things can go wrong despite the calm conditions on the water today.

The fact they were all wearing lifejackets has prevented what could have been a potentially tragic situation,” says Senior Launch Master Stu Main, Police Maritime Unit.

In another incident last weekend, on Sunday (2 July 2017), a 6.7metre recreational boat collided with the sea breakwater wall just outside the Seaview Marina, Wellington Harbour. All three people on board sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. They too were all wearing lifejackets.

The boat sustained damaged but was recovered by commercial operators the following day.

Police are investigating both of these boating incidents.


Issued by Police Media Centre

You can also view this release, including any additional images, online at: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/lifejackets-help-prevent-tragedy-wellington-harbour


*Please note this event happened yesterday, but it is a timely reminder of how important life jackets are.