Two men were rescued by police following a jetski accident in Wellington Harbor on Sunday.
Two men were rescued after being thrown from a jetski into Wellington Harbor near Petone beach.
One of the men was treated for symptoms of hypothermia.
The two men were forced to swim 1.5 km to shore in water temperatures of 13 degrees Celsius.
Both were wearing life jackets, but the jetski began to fly away from 25 knots. One of the men swims after the jetski but is unable to catch it.
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A man has a waterproof cell phone. He called the Police after half an hour in the water.
The mayday relay was broadcast and a search was carried out by the police with the help of the pilot of the Centreport port boat, two tugboats (Tapuhi and Tiaki) and the Coastguard.
The two men were pulled out of the water moments later and brought ashore Mrs. Elizabeth IV police ship.
Senior Police Kyle Smith of the Wellington Maritime Unit said it was a timely reminder of the importance of preparation.
“Without a life jacket and waterproof communications, this could be a very different result for the two today,” said Smith.