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Skipper injured as ferry collides with water taxi

Skipper injured as ferry collides with water taxi
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| Latest Emergency News | Friday May 24 2013 8:33

 

UPDATED 10:26am - Authorities are inspecting two boats that collided off Auckland's Princes Wharf this morning.

The skipper of the water taxi has been taken to hospital with lacerations to his head.

The boat and the 14 metre long West Harbour ferry Serenity, run by Belaire Ferries, collided as they were coming in to berth in the city just before 8:30am.

Do you have photos or video of the incident? Email edward@newstalkzb.co.nz

St John Ambulance described the skipper's injury as moderate.

The 44 people and two crew onboard the ferry are unhurt but shaken up.

Newstalk ZB's Annabel Reid is at Princes Wharf and sayshe bow of the water taxi and the starboard side of the ferry have suffered damage, leaving gaping holes in both the boats.

They are tied up at Prince's Wharf now, and Maritime New Zealand says it is investigating.

Belaire's managing director Adam Tallentire says the Serenity is damaged but still floating.

The ferry will be taken to the company's yard as soon as possible for repair.

Mr Tallentire says they have a spare vessel and there will be no interruption to the service.

Belaire is working through what happened in the lead up to a collision on the Waitemata Harbour.

Mr Tallentire has been in contact with the skipper of the water taxi, and says he is shaken up, getting stitches in his nose and getting checked for broken bones.

He has also spoken to his skipper about what happened.

"It's hard to say what's caused it and how it's gone about happening.

"It's one of those things that it's pretty important that factor, so we'd like to make sure that we've got it, work out what actually did happen before anyone start speaking about it."

Mr Tallentire says they will be co-operating with any Maritime New Zealand investigations.

Photo: Annabel Reid

 

 

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