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A boat accident happened at Wellington Heads on Saturday night, by which the chief pilot T. E. Simms, and Herbert Cox and Robert Tait, two of the pilot crew, lost their lives. It appears that shortly after dusk the ship Pleione, from Dunedin, arrived off the Heads, and signalled for a pilot. Sims, with a crew of four, comprising the two men drowned and John Henderson and James Dass, at once put off. A stiff southerly wind was blowing with a short choppy sea, and this being dead ahead, little progress was made. Shortly after seven o’clock the steamer Herald, outward bound to Greymouth, hove in sight and took the pilot boat in tow. All went well until abreast of the outer rook off Barrett’s reef, when the boat yawed and capsized. As soon as the boat capsized she was released, as the tow line was not made fast. All the men managed to get on the bottom, and shortly afterwards the boat r'ghted herself. For the second time the crew reached the boat, which is a lifeboat. Immediately the accident occurred Captain Jones returned with the Herald, and after considerable difficulty the boat with the whole of the crew was got alongside. Lines were passed over the side, and, although caught by all, only Henderson and Dass appeared to have sufficient strength to hang on. The other three, either from exhaustion or becoming numb, released their grip and were washed away. A strict search was made, but none of them were seen again, The Herald oontin ued the search for the boat, but was unable to find it, and returned to town witli the survivors. Later in the evening the Koranui found the boat abreast of the pilot station, and brought it into harbor. From an examination it was seen that the steer oar grummet was broken, and if that was done before the accident it would of course leave the boat at the mercy of tbe waves; but tho break is supposed to have occurred after the capsize, Simms leaves a wife and six or seven children; Cox is a married man without family ; Tait is a single man, and a native of Shetland Islands. Pilot Simms was formerly harbor pilot, and only recently succeeded Pilot Holmes at the Heads, Harbormaster Halliday proceeded to the scene of the accident in the steamer Mana on Sunday morning, and made a minute search for the bpdies, but no trace was found. ''

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FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT. Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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