13 Dec 2010

Two taken to hospital after boat capsizes

3:20 pm on 13 December 2010

Two people have been flown to hospital after their boat capsized off the Taranaki coast, prompting police to remind people to take care on the water.

Six people were thrown into the water when their boat was hit by a rogue wave near Shags Point off the coast of Opunake about 10.30am on Monday.

Police say all six swam to safety, with one person suffering cuts and abrasions and another taking in too much water.

Constable Danny Giles says it is understood there were lifejackets in the boat but none were being worn.

People need to wear them and be aware of the weather forecast, he says.