26 Sep 2023

Ship runs aground near Banks Peninsula close to marine reserve

From Morning Report, 7:27 am on 26 September 2023

A fishing boat aground on rocks near Banks Peninsula is leaking diesel and hydraulic oil close to a marine reserve.   

The 25-metre-long Austro Carina activated its emergency beacon at 9:38pm on Sunday. 

The four crew members made it to shore and were winched aboard a helicopter to safety. 

Maritime NZ has opened an investigation.

The area is home to protected tāonga species such as kororā/little blue penguin, hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin, kekeno/NZ fur seal, upokohue/Hector's dolphins, and several other seabird species.

The Canterbury Regional Council is working to contain the spill - its on-scene commander is Emma Parr.

Parr spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.