Five people rescued at Abel Tasman after boat flips

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Five people were rescued from the water after their boat capsized in Abel Tasman National Park on Tuesday.

Tasman Habourmaster Dan Cairney said the people were all wearing lifejackets and were found clinging to the hull of the overturned boat.

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The boat looked to get into trouble near Split Apple Rock. They were in the water for around 20 minutes.

Emergency services were notified around 12.37pm, and all people had been pulled from the water by 1pm by water taxis, with Abel Tasman Shea Shuttles the first to arrive followed by Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis.

The Nelson Rescue Helicopter, NZ Coastguard, Fenz, and St John ambulance were all at the scene.

The vessel was 150 metres offshore and conditions were calm, so it was unclear how the boat had flipped, Cairney said. The weather had been fine and calm, with no strong winds or any significant swell in the area.

The submerged fiberglass boat was towed by the Coastguard to Kaiteriteri.

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