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A teenager had to be rescued by Coastguard after trying to cross the notorious Cook Strait last night in a dinghy.

Police say the 18-year-old set off from Kenepuru Sound about 10pm last night and went through the Pelorous Sounds in a motored dinghy before crossing the Cook Strait.

About 9am today the teen contacted the Harbour Master alerting that he had broken down off the Mana Coast, but was unsure of his location.

Police were able to geo-locate him from his cell phone and found that he was about 12km west of Mana Island. A Westpac helicopter attended and directed Police to his location.

"If it wasn't for him ringing and us being able to locate him from his phone data it could have been a very different outcome," Houston said.

"The battery on his cell phone was becoming flat. If we didn't have the mobile locate we would have had a massive search. The mobile locate, literally saved his life."

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What he did or try to do is it any worse than Collin Quincy rowing the tasman or kayaking oz to nz?? 1983 sailed a hartly 16 from devonport down to coromandel up to kawau across to barier back to

if they go after the nelson trampers for breaking level 3 lockdown and needing $100,000s to extract them which they probably should... they should also somehow force a coastguard membership

bit of a legend I recon!!

Agreed, but the issue when you dont know what you're doing is that you also dont know what's out there. You dont know what you dont know. 

I did some pretty dumb things in that area many years ago when I was learning!

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27 minutes ago, Island Time said:

Agreed, but the issue when you dont know what you're doing is that you also dont know what's out there. You dont know what you dont know. 

I did some pretty dumb things in that area many years ago when I was learning!

Its what we call a learning curve🤣 Who hasnt attempted something out of the ordinary

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