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Published: 2016-05-26 00:00:00

A vessel which sunk in the Coromandel Harbour earlier this week has been re-floated without further discharge of diesel.

The vessel had experienced mechanical failure and was towed into the Coromandel Harbour in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It was moored close to the ferry wharf near Te Kouma, while the owner made arrangements for the vessel to be repaired.

The vessel subsequently sunk, with no persons on board. It’s unknown what caused the boat to sink.

“Under the watchful eye of the local harbourmaster, the 10-metre boat was re-floated today,” said the council’s regional on scene commander, Dave Lovatt.

“The good news is that there was no further discharge of diesel or oil into the water during the salvage operation.

“There was a small amount of debris which washed ashore during the operation and this has since been removed by the harbourmaster.

“We understand the boat will be taken to Auckland in the coming days for assessment,” Mr Lovatt said.