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Boating incidents on dry land usually cause less distress than those at sea.
However, some problems were sparked when the mast of a small yacht being towed on a trailer apparently hit and brought down power lines at Tihaka, near Riverton, Southland, at 9.04am today.
A police spokesman said that a road crash had initially been reported, but there were no signs of a car at the scene.
A member of the public reported that the mast of the passing craft may have hit the power wires, on the Riverton-Orepuki Highway, about 5kms west of Riverton, a police spokesman said.
Further details were not immediately available.