Missing Tauranga boaties prompt safety warning

By Joseph Aldridge


Tauranga police are renewing their calls for people to pay heed to water safety messages after four boaties were reported missing last night.


The four men had told their families they were going out in a small dingy at Maketu, Senior Sergeant Cam Anderson said.


 


 


However, when they hadn't arrived home by midnight, their families called the police.


The men arrived home soon after however it turns out they had actually been boating around Matakana Island, and had not had lifejackets, flares or cellphones with them.


Mr Anderson said it was a poignant reminder to follow water safety messages.


"It's a reminder that anyone going out in a boat should have waterproof means of communication, lifejackets and stick to the plan."


The incident occurred just two weeks after a dingy carrying four men capsized near Omokoroa, killing one of the men.


Twenty-three-year-old Shaun Hogarth's funeral service will be held today.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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