A family of three adults was rescued after their boat overturned on the Kaituna Bar yesterday.
A post on the Coastguard New Zealand Facebook page said, at 6.32am, a distress relay was sent out and Coastguard Maketu was urgently paged.
"A nearby vessel responded to the distress relay and were on the scene moments before Coastguard and were able to pick all three people out of the water, who were all wearing lifejackets," the post said.
The three people were then transferred onto the Coastguard rescue vessel and taken ashore where they were treated by an awaiting ambulance and have since been released.
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"Other than being cold and in shock, they are otherwise safe and well. Coastguard Maketu then went back out to retrieve the family's capsized vessel."