Wife's quick thinking saves boatie

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A man who called his wife to tell her his powerboat was sinking was rescued thanks to her quick thinking. PHOTO/COASTGUARD NORTHERN REGION.
A man who called his wife to tell her his powerboat was sinking was rescued thanks to her quick thinking. PHOTO/COASTGUARD NORTHERN REGION.

A man who was on board a sinking powerboat with water "above his knees" was rescued by Coastguard thanks to his wife's quick thinking.

The man, who was on board a 4.7m powerboat, phoned his wife from the area around Moturoa Island, Bay of Islands just before midnight on Wednesday to tell her his powerboat was sinking and water was "above his knees". He was cut off as the boat sank from under him.

The man was unable to tell his wife where exactly he was but his wife called police immediately and supplied a map from her 'Find my iPhone' app which linked to her husband's iPhone. Although the details on the map were vague, they were sent to Coastguard and the team were able to triangulate a likely GPS position to begin searching.

The team from Coastguard Bay of Islands aboard Bay Rescue II were directed to the location and, less than two hours after the initial call, found the man in the water. He was cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed - and less than 0.2nautical miles from the 'guess-timated' position.

The quick thinking of the man's wife and the skills of the Coastguard searchers mean a potentially tragic outcome was avoided. The boat was recovered by Harbourmaster

Thanks to the quick thinking of the man's wife and the skills of Coastguard searchers, a potentially tragic outcome was avoided. The boat was also recovered by the Harbourmaster yesterday morning.

- Northern Advocate

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