9 Apr 2015

Jet boaters rescued from West Coast

12:07 pm on 9 April 2015

Three men were rescued this morning after spending a cold night on the banks of a West Coast river.

The Otira River, left, joins the Taramakau River on the West Coast.

The Otira River, left, joins the Taramakau River on the West Coast. Photo: 123RF

Their jet boat broke down on the Taramakau River, south east of Greymouth last night but bad weather meant a helicopter was unable to reach them

The rescue follows another incident on Monday night, when two men had to be rescued from a flooded river in Haast Pass.

West Coast Area Commander Inspector John Canning said the rescues highlighted the need to check weather conditions before heading into the outdoors.

Mr Canning said rivers on the West Coast could rise quickly and become lethal, with logs and other debris being washed down.

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