Dislodging contiki leads to sea rescue

Two men who went to dislodge a stuck contiki needed to be rescued when they took an unscheduled dip in the Firth of Thames. A water rescue operation was launched when a park ranger spotted the two men in trouble near Kaiaua around 1pm yesterday. The... Read More

Dolphins released from purse seiner net

A fishing boat skipper forced to release an estimated 30 tonnes of jack mackerel to save six dolphins caught in his net, is being praised for his actions by Sanford Ltd - and a boatload of recreational fishers who saw the drama unfold. “They tried... Read More

Snagged lines capsizes boat

A pair of fishermen setting lines in the Firth of Thames went for an unscheduled swim when their boat capsized this afternoon. Police were notified about 1pm. A police spokesperson says two men who were setting fishing lines in the Firth of Thames and... Read More

Boat capsizes near Thames

UPDATED 1.52PM: Two people are reported to be in the water after a boat capsized in near Thames. The Rescue Coordination Centre were notified of a water rescue in the Firth of Thames at about 1pm. A spokesperson from the centre says it's a police-led... Read More

Mayor Island search suspended

The official search for missing boatie Karl Earwaker has now been suspended, after five days. Karl, a 39-year-old farmer of Te Awamutu, is believed to have been the sole occupant of the Sea Nymph named “Optimist”, which was discovered capsized... Read More

Shoreline search for missing boatie

The search for a Te Awamutu boatie missing off the Tauranga coast since Tuesday will continue today. Police, Coastguard, Navy, and search and rescue volunteers have been searching for Karl Earwaker, 39, of Te Awamutu after his boat was found capsized... Read More

Conference star next door

The star of the marine industry conference which opens in Tauranga today, is a building site just round the corner from the conference site at the Trinity Wharf Hotel. The Tauranga Marine Precinct, under construction on Mirrielees Road, is the very first... Read More

Search continues for missing boatie

The search for a person believed to have been on a boat found overturned off the Tauranga Coast is expected to continue today. A 5.6m fibreglass Sea Nymph, named Optimist, was found two nautical miles south of Mayor Island on Tuesday afternoon. No-one... Read More

Tairua Wharf project ‘proceeding nicely’

Dismantling work on the Tairua Wharf and Boat Ramp is now underway, with the floating crane and construction equipment currently on site. The existing concrete wharf is being dismantled piece-by-piece and will be removed, along with concrete support... Read More

Search underway near Mayor Island

  UPDATED 9.33AM: Police have confirmed another search is underway near Mayor Island this morning following the discovery of an overturned vessel. Waihi Coastguard's Gallagher Rescue is towing the 5.6m fibreglass Sea Nymph, named Optimist,... Read More



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