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Speedboat collides with moored yacht, four hurt

by Media round-up on 17 Feb 2014
Speedboat scene after collsion with stationary yacht .. .
It seems you can't even avoid a collision with a speed boat by staying in your marina. Those nearby watched in horror this week as a speedboat smashed into a yacht at a wharf at Herald Island in West Auckland at 11.30 at night, where a family of four were sleeping. It then collided with the wharf before sinking. Four people were injured, one of them seriously.

The speedboat, occupied by a young couple, appeared to be weaving between moored yachts before the crash, according to witnesses. The boat had tried to pass between two yachts moored at the wharf and collided with both vessels.

The speedboat then crashed on to the floating dock then slid over it and sank.

'I was fishing nearby with three mates when we heard a boat travelling at high speed and then there was a bang,' witness Jayson Hoff said. 'The speedboat had no lights on and must have been doing about 50km/h when it smashed straight into the back of the yacht.

'It then flew through the air and hit the wharf. If the wharf hadn't been there, the boat would have taken out me and my mates.'

The night-time incident left one person with severe injuries, two with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries, according to a St John spokeswoman.

Hoff said a family, including two children, had been sleeping on the yacht when the speedboat smashed into it.

'We heard a woman screaming and we broke through a gate to try to help,' he said. 'The people on the yacht were already getting the man and the injured woman out of the water.

'The woman on the speedboat had her legs pretty smashed, had cuts and couldn't move. There also seemed to be something wrong with her back.

'I don't know why they guy driving the boat had no lights on and was going so fast in the dark. As the boat was sinking, all he kept shouting about was that he hoped his insurance would cover it.'

Local resident David Cox went to inspect the scene shortly after the accident.

'Some people who were fishing said they saw a small speedboat going in Upper Harbour between Greenhithe and Herald Island at a rate of knots,' Cox said. One fisherman estimated the boat was travelling around 20 knots.

Police, ambulance and coastguard attended the scene and police said they were investigating. However, Coastguard NZ says it won't be calling for drinking laws on boats following the serious crash.
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