Two fishermen and a dog have been rescued from Wellington
Harbour after their dinghy sank in rough conditions this
All three were rescued by the police launch after the alarm
was raised about 12.35pm.
Police said the two boaties made a 111 call as their 4 metre
aluminium dinghy was taking on water near Steeple Rock,
The pair had been rowing the boat, which did not have a
motor, to the rock to fish.
They had turned back, realising weather and sea conditions
were too dangerous, but the boat was hit by high waves and
began to sink.
Police said the maritime launch was directed to the location
and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was put on standby.
Before they reached the fishermen, reports from the public
came in that the boat had sunk and all three were in the
"The helicopter was immediately put in the air but the police
launch was fortunately on scene shortly after and was able to
pull the males and a dog from the water," police said.
The two fishermen were checked by ambulance staff but did not
They had been in the water for about 15 minutes, and were
being pushed further into the harbour by the wind.
Police said they were concerned the pair had gone out in
rough conditions. While both were wearing lifejackets, one
had failed to do his up.
"It is a timely reminder to all people venturing out on to
the water to be mindful of your own and your boat's
limitations and take all reasonable and sensible precautions
at all times."