A man who was found drunk in open water after clinging to an
overturned dinghy near Tauranga harbour for six hours risked
his life and the lives of others, police say.
The man was rescued at about 3am by a pilot boat on its way
to bring another vessel into the harbour, Senior Sergeant
Carl Purcell said.
"He had been in the water for some six hours, had no life
jacket, no flares, no radio. He had been drinking and was
intoxicated and was taken to Tauranga Hospital."
His actions were "very disappointing" and there is no
explanation for what he did, he said.
"We figured he would have gone out about 9 o'clock at night.
At that time it was pretty windy here.
"He put his life in danger and other persons who may have had
to come to his rescue."
The man was aged in his 50s, and was checked over by hospital
staff, Mr Purcell said.
Anyone on the water should be wearing a life-jacket, and take
all the necessary precautions to be safe, he said.
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ