Four people rescued off Taieri River mouth
Four people rescued off Taieri River
12pm, 11 January
Four people have been winched off a sinking
boat approximately 10 nautical miles (18.5km) off the Taieri
River mouth, south of Dunedin.
The Rescue Coordination
Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a distress call on
maritime radio shortly before 10:30am, indicating the
vessel, with four people on board, was sinking fast.
helicopters from Otago Helicopters with the Dunedin Water
Rescue Squad were immediately tasked to assist. After a
short search by both helicopters, the crew were located in
the water and were winched to safety by 11.40am.
on board were taken to a waiting ambulance at the Taieri
River mouth, where they have been assessed by
At this stage, no further information about
the people on board, or the boat, is
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
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