Lookout! Issue 29, August 2013
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Three men balancing on the hull of an upturned boat were rescued after they set off their 406MHz distress beacon.
As told by a crewman from Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.
A skipper who was thrown into the water was extremely lucky not to have been run over and seriously injured by his out-of-control vessel.
On the same day two employees suffered from frostbite while unloading fish from the holds of a purse seine vessel. The holds had been filled with brine and chilled to approximately -17°C.
Two men were seriously injured and a third badly bruised when a routine operation to take a yacht out of the water for maintenance went awry.
Imagine you are in a speedboat cruising more than 200 metres from the shore, when you see a small blue and white flag – or a red flag with a diagonal white stripe - at water level in the distance.