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Their 6-metre stabicraft had hit a moored 18-metre mussel harvester, Waide said.

They were about 30 metres from the shore at low tide, he said.

“Basically what happened was the guys were coming in at night after dark, and they crashed into a moored vessel out in Okiwi Bay itself,” he said.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122268420/lower-moutere-man-named-as-victim-of-okiwi-bay-boating-incident

 


Looks like they were doing more than 5 knots less than 200 metres from shore.  Are there different speed limits in the Marlborough 
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15 minutes ago, ex Elly said:

Their 6-metre stabicraft had hit a moored 18-metre mussel harvester, Waide said.

They were about 30 metres from the shore at low tide, he said.

“Basically what happened was the guys were coming in at night after dark, and they crashed into a moored vessel out in Okiwi Bay itself,” he said.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122268420/lower-moutere-man-named-as-victim-of-okiwi-bay-boating-incident

 


Looks like they were doing more than 5 knots less than 200 metres from shore.  Are there different speed limits in the Marlborough 
Sounds?

 

No

 

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Have a look here. https://cruiseguide.co.nz/outer-sounds/okiwi-bay
Go to map settings and turn on the toggles for the Ramp and the Moorings and it will all make sense as to what the Boat driver has done.
He has straight lined it from the Open Ocean. Likely made the Boat ramp the target on the GPS and aimed directly for it and hasn't seen that he would clip the outer area of the mooring field. The field is a long way from the end of the bay where the ramp is. They must have hit the Barge at full speed.

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Apparently that is the case. They followed the track they went out on, but the tide or wind had changed to cause the Barge to swing around on her Mooring line and sit over top of the track they were following. So at full speed in total darkness they smacked into the vessel. I am surprised only one died. He went right through the Windscreen of the Boat.

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