Boaties prevent whale stranding
The Nelson Mail
5th January 2004
The Department of Conservation is praising the actions of boaties who averted a whale stranding on D'Urville Island.
Conservation officer Robin Cox said local boaties used their marine radios to alert DOC to two stranded pilot whales at Port Hardy yesterday afternoon.
By the time a helicopter was sent to look for them, boats had managed to herd the two stranded whales and the rest of their pod out to sea.
"What the boaties did was fantastic. If they didn't do that it would have taken us hours to get people there," Mr Cox said.