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Fishing blunder sends man overboard

FEB. 2 This time it wasn’t the fish that got away — it was the boat.

A 57-year-old New Zealand recreational fisherman on Monday morning hooked the throttle on his boat while fishing for trout. It took off at full speed, sending the man into the water, the New Zealand Herald reported. The 12-foot aluminum boat raced around in circles for more than 40 minutes on LakeDunstan until rescuers were finally able to board the boat and get it under control.

“He stood up to cast, and the next thing the boat is racing off and he’s in the water,” Rex Parkin, a witness, says in the report. “It just shot out from under him at full throttle.”

Parkin’s wife, Elma, contacted authorities while her husband steered their boat toward the man, according to the report. Upon reaching the man, who was not identified, Parkin tossed him a line and towed him 500 feet to shore.

A rescue boat was launched in an attempt to bring the man’s boat to a stop. Richard Davidson, the fire chief of Clyde, New Zealand, who was at the helm of the rescue boat, says that corralling the boat was a lot like taking part in a rodeo. “The boat was really racing around, and we were concerned it might jump the boom and get into Clyde Dam pond,” Davidson says in the report, “which would have caused all sorts of problems.”

The angler was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was later discharged, the report says.

— Jason Fell