A protection order is in place over Pee Jay V to preserve and protect evidence after one of their vessels caught fire and sunk earlier this week.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission issued the order and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking for people to respect this.

The order prohibits any person from accessing any evidence related to the fire and sinking of Pee Jay V.

This includes evidence that may be relevant in establishing the circumstances and causes of the accident.

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The remains of the boat are currently positioned at 370 55.955' S, 1770 00.596' E, or approximately 730m northwest of Kōhī Point but other evidence is likely to wash up on local beaches too.

The Commission is calling for any person who sees evidence that may relate to this accident to not touch the items but instead contact the Commission on 04 473 3112.

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