26 Jan 2020

Five hurt after jetboat crashes onto beach near Queenstown

8:07 pm on 26 January 2020

The company which owns a jetboat that crashed, injuring five people, near Queenstown says it will launch a full review.

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Emergency services were called to the crash at 10.45am today on the Kawarau River.

Go Orange company general manager Russell Thomas said the boat was carrying 23 passengers.

Five people with minor injuries were treated at the scene and one was taken to hospital for further assessment.

Thomas said the company's boats will not run for the rest of the day.

He said a full review will take place and the company is working closely with authorities.

A Maritime New Zealand investigator is on the way to the scene of the crash. The investigator will inspect the crash site, gather documents and conduct interviews before deciding what steps to take next, a Maritime New Zealand spokesperson said.