A 15m boat sank in the Marlborough Sounds early this morning
after a fierce fire on board which left two people needing
Fire Service southern communications centre shift manager
Karl Patterson said the boat, the Aqua Luna, was reported on
fire near the shore of the Bay of Many Coves about 2am.
The Picton fire brigade and paramedics went to the vessel's
aid in a Marlborough Coast Guard vessel and found it burning
Flames could be seen coming out of the vents at the water
line, Mr Patterson said.
Two people who had been on board suffered smoke inhalation
and were treated by paramedics at a nearby resort.
The burning boat drifted north to Chaucer Bay where it
The fire was not being treated as suspicious.