High and dry on shortcut

A good deed took a little longer than expected for Otago Yacht Club manager Barry Gibbs yesterday.

He set  off on a jet ski from the Dunedin club after an Otago Peninsula fisherman said he suspected a moored boat had taken on water in Broad Bay.

That turned out to be a false alarm, but on his way back across the shallow centre of the harbour the watercraft came off the plane and lodged itself on a sand bank.

"It was just me trying to take a shortcut," Mr Gibbs explained yesterday, following about two hours stranded on his own island across from St Leonards, while waiting for the incoming tide to float him off. 



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