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Fishing boat refloated in Nelson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5 days ago

An inshore fishing vessel that grounded at Nelson has been refloated.

The Endurance grounded on Boulder Bank at about 11pm on Saturday and was refloated on Sunday morning, Harbourmaster David Duncan told NZ Newswire.

No one was injured.

Damage to the 20m vessel is being assessed, but is not believed to be major.

The Boulder Bank is a natural shoreline that creates the sheltered harbour of Port Nelson. Boats enter the port at the southern end of it.

It's believed the crew had the vessel on auto-pilot, the rudder hit something, and that caused it to go off course and ground.

The vessel could not be refloated last night when the tide was going out.

It was towed free by a port tug at high water on Sunday morning.

"It was a successful operation for us. The weather was getting up, which is why we had to do it when we did. the southwesterly was coming away," Mr Duncan said.

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