Staying Safe on the Water - 30th Dec 2017

With all this amazing sunny weather we’ve been having, it’s no wonder the lake has been full of boats, kayaks, swimmers, biscuits, boarders and skiers! It’s awesome to see so many people out enjoying the lake here in beautiful Te Anau. Although Lake Te Anau can be a serene and peaceful jewel here in Fiordland, it is also a force of nature not to be underestimated –

A couple days ago a visiting gentleman attempted to swim across the lake from Dock Bay without a wetsuit, life jacket, or support boat/kayak. A few locals advised the man against it, but he carried on anyway.  Those folks on the beach kept an eye out but soon lost sight of him and went out to assist. They could not locate him so they enlisted some help. Luckily, Fiordland Jet had two boats in the water and began a search for the gentleman. Our skipper Rebecca caught sight of him and found him shivering and unable to swim any further. She was able to pull him out of the water and return him back to Steamer’s Beach. The man acknowledged he would not have made it had Rebecca not helped.

Big thanks to the folks aboard the Predator for keeping a keen eye out and knowing when to get help. We encourage everyone to enjoy the lake and river but please -- be smart and safe. When you are off shore wear a brightly coloured life jacket, so other boats and skiers can see you. If you see anything that is concerning please advise the necessary persons. 

One thing is for sure, the Fiordland Jet Team will see ya on the water! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

P.S. Safety NEVER takes a holiday.

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