Rescuers wade to aid injured

Rescuers help people on a jet-boat which hit a sandbar at Homestead Bay at the mouth of the...
Rescuers help people on a jet-boat which hit a sandbar at Homestead Bay at the mouth of the Matukituki River yesterday. A River Journeys boat was not involved in the crash but helped with the rescue. PHOTO: MARK PRICE
A St John member waded 100m through the chilly waters of Lake Wanaka yesterday to assist three injured people on board a stranded boat.

The private boat (Free Spirit) hit a sandbank in Homestead Bay, at the mouth of the Matukituki River, about 3pm.

Wanaka Constable Aubrey Martin said five people were on board the boat, including the driver, on a scenic trip on the lake when the craft hit the sandbar.

With no other boats in the vicinity when St John arrived at the scene, a member of the ambulance crew walked through knee-high water to the boat.

St John spokesman Gerard Campbell said a 68-year-old male had moderate injuries, while two others had minor injuries.

A nearby River Journeys jet-boat picked up the injured people and transferred them to an ambulance at a point further up the river.

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