Three rescued from boat in Hauraki Gulf

Three people have been rescued from a boat drifting in the Hauraki Gulf early this morning.

The three tourists took a small sailing cutter from Ostend on Waiheke Island about 5.30pm yesterday and were reported overdue at midnight.

Police boat Deodar and Coastguard began a search, but the boat was not found until after 4am.

Police maritime unit senior constable Garry Larsen said the drifting sailboat was seen by a fisherman, who alerted Deodar.

"We retrieved them and took them back to Waiheke," he said.

"They were probably a little bit worse for wear."


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