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Rescue in Marlborough Sounds

Published: Tue 3 May 2005 08:23 AM
Rescue in Marlborough Sounds
One person has died and another taken to Blenheim Hospital after an incident in Queen Charlotte Sound this evening.
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand responded to the incident after receiving a distress call from the Bluebridge Ferry Santa Regina at about 7:30pm.
A tender (small boat) from Santa Regina picked up one person in the water who was then transferred to a Coastguard boat and taken to Blenheim by ambulance.
The body of a second person was recovered by a local water taxi and taken to shore.
The people in the water are believed to have been in a 10-metre runabout but details of the incident are yet to be confirmed.
Santa Regina has returned to Picton.
The Maritime Safety Authority will launch an immediate investigation.
ENDS

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