Launch lifted from ocean floor
Thursday, 14 April 2016 4:00 p.m.
A twelve meter launch has been returned to Tauranga marina, mostly in one piece, since it grounded at Tūhua (Mayor Island) almost a week ago. Two were on board the launch when it ran into rocks on the south eastern side of Tūhua and both were rescued by Coastguard unharmed.
Regional Council Maritime Pollution Prevention Officer Adrian Heays says that everyone involved worked hard under very difficult conditions to recover this vessel and prevent any major environmental effects.
“It was impressive to see what can be achieved in these circumstances and the salvage team must be congratulated. It’s also a timely reminder, to always keep a lookout by all means possible and to not rely on GPS solely for navigation", he says.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council Maritime Team was first notified of the grounding on the evening of Friday 8 April. They went to assess the vessel, and to monitor for pollution, first thing Saturday morning and found the vessel submerged on rocks hard against the cliff. Along with Department of Conservation staff and contractors, they then attempted to refloat the vessel, but this was delayed until Tuesday due to weather conditions.
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