Rescued skipper Colin Webb (right) heads for high ground at Taieri Mouth last night after being brought ashore by Brighton Surf Life Saving Club members Rhys McAlevey (left) and Lance Lungley. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A search and rescue operation was launched late last night
after a fishing boat became stranded on a sand bar at Taieri
Colin Webb was bringing the 10m boat Impact from Bluff to
Port Chalmers when he hit the bar about 200m offshore about
Several hours earlier, Mr Webb had run aground at Waikawa.
"He's an idiot and it's just such as waste of time, people
and resources," Taieri Mouth SAR marine adviser Keith Simon
"He set off a flare horizontally, which almost hit a house.
The next one went off in the boat.
"He had already been warned not to leave Bluff, but he
carried on anyway. Apparently, the fishermen down there were
running a sweep on whether he'd make it up here."
Mr Webb, who was not injured, was evacuated from the boat at
11pm by St Kilda and Brighton Surf Life Saving Clubs members
in inflatable boats.
"I'm so embarrassed," a grateful Mr Webb told rescuers as he
"A fire broke out in the engine and I lost concentration and
hit the sand bar," he said.
The rescue was attended by two Brighton fire brigade units,
two ambulances, three police units and St Kilda and Brighton
Surf Life Saving inflatables.
The boat was expected to float free at first light today.