Two men rescued after jetski accident in Wellington Harbour

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Two men were rescued by police after a jetski accident in Wellington Harbour on Sunday.

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Two men were rescued by police after a jetski accident in Wellington Harbour on Sunday.

Two men have been rescued after being thrown from a jetski into Wellington Harbour near Petone beach.

One of the men was treated for hypothermia symptoms.

The two men were forced to swim 1.5km to shore in 13 degree Celsius water.

Both were wearing lifejackets but the jetski began to be blown away from them in the 25-knot wind. One of the men swam after the jetski but was unable to catch it.

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One man had a mobile phone which was water resistant. He called Police after half an hour in the water.

A mayday relay was broadcast and a search was conducted by police with the help of the Centreport harbour pilot boat, two tug boats (Tapuhi and Tiaki) and Coastguard.

The two men were pulled from the water a short time later and brought ashore on the Lady Elizabeth IV police boat.

Senior Constable Kyle Smith of the Wellington Maritime Unit said it was a timely reminder of the importance of being prepared.

“Without lifejackets and waterproof comms, it could have been a very different outcome for these two today,” Smith said.



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