Dinghy catamaran capsizes in Nelson Haven, two people uninjured

Nelson Harbor Master Stuart Whitehouse helped two people after a catamaran they were on capsized on Friday night.  (file photo)

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Nelson Harbor Master Stuart Whitehouse helped two people after a catamaran they were on capsized on Friday night. (file photo)

Two people were on board a dinghy catamaran when it capsized in Nelson Haven on Friday evening.

Nelson Harbor Master Stuart Whitehouse, who witnessed the incident, said the pair were on the hull of the dinghy, ‘staying dry’ as they arrived.

“They were both fine and out of the water.”

Whitehouse helped the couple right the dinghy and “they headed back to the yacht club”.

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Nelson Haven is separated from Tasman Bay by the Boulder Bank.

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Nelson Haven is separated from Tasman Bay by the Boulder Bank.

“They were grateful, especially because it was heading into darkness,” he said.

A police spokesman said police were informed at around 7.20pm that a catamaran had overturned in the shelter, about 200m from the Boathouse.

Whitehouse said the couple were trying to right the dinghy themselves and had yet to sound the alarm. He suspected that people ashore had called for the incident, which was not unusual.

“It’s good that people called,” he said. “We get a lot of reports this way.”

Whitehouse said people should have two forms of watertight communication if they venture out on the water – to sound the alarm if necessary. For those who remained inside the Boulder Bank, they could use a whistle and raise their arms to signal their distress.

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