Capsized pair ‘didn’t use brains’


Two men who capsized while sailing on Lake Wakatipu on Saturday night “didn’t use their brains”, Queenstown harbourmaster Marty Black says.

The men’s boat capsized in dead flat conditions on their return journey from Queenstown to Kingston about 10pm.

Black says the pair were in a small boat at night on Lake Wakatipu, “which is prone to wind this time of year”.

“Conditions can also change quickly. They were a bit stupid and fortunately they managed to get ashore when the boat overturned.”

It is understood the two men, believed to be from New Zealand, travelled to Queenstown earlier in the day and ran out of fuel.

Black says they had some issues after leaving the resort about 5pm.

He will be speaking to them to learn details of the incident. The situation could have been much worse, given the time, he says.

Emergency services were alerted by friends of the pair. The Coastguard responded but the men were found by a private vessel.

Senior sergeant James Ure, of Dunedin, says the batteries of the men’s mobile phones were flat.

“Their boat was overturned in the water. There was an element of danger.”

It is understood both men were wearing life jackets when found about 2km offshore.

Otago Daily Times