Concerns about a boat anchored 100m off the channel in Otago
Harbour in rough conditions resulted in a Coastguard callout
After attempts to contact the skipper failed, the Coastguard
went out and discovered the man asleep in the front of the
boat, Coastguard member Lox Kellas said.
It appeared the 5.5m runabout had lost power in the channel
the previous night after the man had visited friends on Otago
Peninsula so he had put down the anchor and stayed put.
There were gale force conditions in the harbour so it was not
ideal, especially given the man was not wearing a life
jacket, he said.