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Three Aucklanders visiting Queenstown found themselves stranded in deep cool water on Saturday after capsizing a hired jet ski on Lake Wakatipu before being rescued by commercial operators.
At 2.20pm, a helicopter pilot found the three adults, who were wearing life jackets, treading water beside the upturned jet ski and called
Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said before he arrived on the lakefront, two commercial operators, Kawarau Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis, had arrived to help.
The Kawarau Jet operators helped the three people on to their boat and helped flip the jet ski back the right way up.
''It was a fantastic response from all the commercial carriers,'' Sgt Watt said.
The driver of the hired jet ski was a 24-year-old male while the tow passengers' details were not known to police.
The three were not injured and did not require hospital or ambulance attention.