Out of the blue: boat flies into neighbour's yard

Ian McLellan's two-tonne boat lies in his neighbour's yard. Photo supplied.
Ian McLellan's two-tonne boat lies in his neighbour's yard. Photo supplied.
Sue McLellan, of Pisa Moorings, screamed at her daughter Jade to get to the living room and hide behind the couch yesterday morning as wild weather battered their home.

She was watching her neighbours' trampoline ''suspended in mid-air and spinning'' about 4m off the ground, and was certain it was going to come through her lounge window.

Daughter Jade was watching from another window as her father, Ian McLellan's, almost two-tonne boat was picked up and tossed over the fence.

Her friend and neighbour was sitting in her own lounge, watching the boat come towards her, Mr McLellan said.

Luckily, it stopped, upside down, on the lawn.

He estimated the 9m boat had travelled 20m after the wind lifted it off its trailer.

Mrs McLellan said although she had been scared at the time, she was more so after the event, knowing the boat could have gone through the neighbour's house.

The boat was insured but ''probably not enough to replace it'', Mr McLellan said.

Although Pisa Moorings was a windy area, the family had not experienced anything to this degree before.

- sarah.marquet@odt.co.nz

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