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VIDEO: Turning on the jets

Thomas Hewitt is a young man from New Zealand who loves to drive aluminum jetboats really fast through the narrow, shallow and rocky rivers of his home country.

Thankfully, Tom has a GoPro camera to document each hair-raising adventure.

The trips don’t always turn out as planned for Tom and company. We found this video of the crew launching into a rocky Tauherenikau River in Wairarapa.

“Unfortunately we snapped our steering nozzle off backing down a rapid, resulting in us trying to raft the boat home,” Tom explains.

The jetboat sank, the crew had to swim for it and a helicopter was called to retrieve the boat before the rain came.