2 Aug 2012

Stranded fishermen rescued by helicopter

3:45 pm on 2 August 2012

Three fishermen had to be rescued by helicopter when their 14-metre vessel Albacore sank off south Westland just after 7am on Thursday.

The men were checking crayfish pots when they hit a rock near Cascade Island, about 19 kilometres south of Jackson Bay.

With the vessel taking on water, the skipper radioed a mayday call just before the crew abandoned the boat for their liferaft.

They were picked up by helicopter as they waited on rocks on Cascade Island.