Close call as yacht blown on to beach

Guy Garey and other Broad Bay people inspect his yacht Lily B for damage yesterday after it ran aground at Broad Bay in Tuesday night’s blustery conditions. PICTURE: Otago Daily Times

An Otago Peninsula resident is counting his blessings after his yacht was left undamaged when it was swept on to rocks at Broad Bay during Tuesday night’s stormy conditions.
Guy Garey said he was called by neighbours early yesterday advising him his yacht Lily B had run aground on the beach below Sandpiper Street overnight on Tuesday.
“It dragged it’s anchor and that’s that,” he said.
“The Coastguard got right on to it and helped me out.”
The ensuing low tide left it high and dry.
Mr Garey said his steel-hulled yacht was undamaged.
He was awaiting the high tide to refloat it.
“I’m just glad it’s steel instead of fibreglass,” he said.
“If it had been fibreglass we would have had real problems.”
Last night, his wife, Christine Garey, said the yacht was refloated at high tide with no problem.
She praised the Coastguard for its assistance.
Otago Daily Times

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