Four teenagers have had a narrow escape after they became
stuck on an island south of Dunedin last night.
The youths - three boys and a girl, aged between 11 and
14-years-old - had crossed to Moturata Island from Taieri
Mouth on a sand bar at low tide, but almost became stranded
there as the tide began to rise again.
Police and the Brighton Surf Club were called into help
rescue the teens at around 9.30pm.
However, they managed to safely cross back to Taieri Mouth
before help arrived.
Search and Rescue Water Advisor Keith Simon, who lives
locally, said such incidents were becoming a regular
occurrence, and warned people to be aware that crossing to
the island can become "extremely hazardous" when the tide
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken of Dunedin police said the group
were lucky to get themselves out of trouble, as it "could
have easily had a much worse outcome".
"People need to be aware of the dangers of the sea and if
they intend to cross to the island they need to ensure they
return before the tide turns and in daylight," he said.
"This bar and crossing can be an extremely dangerous one."