10 Jun 2017

Four fishermen rescued off Kaikōura coast

5:12 pm on 10 June 2017

Four fishermen have been rescued after their vessel sank off the coast of Kaikōura.

Clarence River rapids

The four men were returned safely to shore near the mouth of the Clarence River. Photo: RNZ/Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

The Rescue Coordination Centre said the Victory II was about 5 kilometres offshore at the time.

The men, who were floating in a liferaft, were picked up by a nearby crayfishing vessel.

Senior search and rescue officer John Ashby said the fishermen had the presence of mind to both call a Mayday, which alerts any nearby vessels and trigger their distress beacon.

He said he didn't know why the boat sank but the men were very lucky.

Mr Ashby said there was a two-metre swell at the time.