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Five rescued at Manawatu River mouth

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

Five people have been rescued from the Manawatu River mouth near Foxton after their boat got stuck on a sandbar.

The group were on board a 4.8m motor boat when they got stuck and set off a locator beacon at 10.07am on Saturday, a Maritime NZ spokesman said.

They were rescued by the Coastguard.

They were stuck about 150m off the beach at the southern end of the river mouth.

Eight men died and three survived when the Francie, a launch used for fishing charters, capsized while trying to cross the bar at the entrance of the Kaipara Harbour on November 26.

An investigation into the tragedy is continuing.

Earlier this month four men survived when their boat flipped while crossing the sand bar at Port Waikato on a six-metre powered vessel.

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