Boat capsizes: Dramatic after-hours rescue
An 8-metre boat carrying four passengers flipped while crossing the Mangawhai Harbour entrance on May 28.
Swell conditions had eased from the previous day, but due to king tides the current had made the entrance and surf conditions tricky with waves breaking hard onto the shallow sand bar.
Returning from a day out on the water at approximately 1.15pm, the craft found trouble with all four passengers thrown into strong surf.
Fortunately there were a number of surfers in the water, including local Colin Young, who managed to retrieve a number of those tipped out.
Off-duty lifeguard Isaac Johnston also responded from the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Life Saving Club (MHVLS) with a rescue board as he and local surfer Craig Freeman retrieved the skipper of the boat.
All four people were very stressed, and the patient retrieved by Johnston was in a stable but stressed condition.
Past MHVLS president Greg Gibb and local business owner Dave Glover attended to the skipper with lifeguard Jess Costello called to assist and make a full assessment of the patient before an ambulance arrived.
He was transported to Whangarei Hospital via rescue helicopter and later discharged.
Lifeguard after-hours call-out squad members Murray Dix and Mark Vercoe managed to retrieve the overturned boat later in the evening.
This was the second such incident of the year, and none of the passengers on board were wearing lifejackets
TRICKY CONDITIONS: Rescuers attend to the overturned boat and passengers on Mangawhai Bar. PHOTOS/Tony Baker/Damian Molloy