Rescue mission after boat capsizes crossing bar at Kawhia Harbour

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A rescue mission has taken place in Kawhia Harbour after a boat capsized crossing the bar this morning.

A spokesperson for Coastguard NZ says a rescue vessel was sent out into the harbour after a 5.3m boat failed to respond after it signalled that it was crossing the bar around 6.20am.

A passing boat found a man in the sea wearing a lifejacket. The man also alerted the crew that another man was clinging to a rock.

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Both men were rescued by the passing vessel, while another two people tipped overboard managed to swim to shore.

Everyone on board was wearing a lifejacket.

Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia said those onboard the boat had taken several precautions.

"What happened this morning is a reminder of how dangerous bar crossings can be," said Snr Sgt Rangitutia.

"No matter how skilled you are in, or on, the water it's important to be prepared and aware of the conditions."

No matter how skilled you are in, or on, the water, it's important to be prepared"
Snr Sgt Damion Rangitutia

A spokesperson for Maritime NZ says all four people on board the capsized vessel were accounted for.

All four men were checked by medical staff and needed no further medical attention. 

The rescue comes just days after seven people died when a boat capsized trying to cross the Kaipara Harbour bar.

The search for an eighth man, whose body has not been found, has been suspended. 

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