Loader stranded off coast of Paekakariki
Last updated 15:15, February 16 2017
A loader stranded off the coast of Paekakariki on Thursday.
Something orange caught the eye of Paekakariki man Kerry Robins when he was driving home on Thursday.
"There in the incoming tide, was a loader."
The loader is stuck in the surf off the coast of the Kapiti village, north of Wellington.
High tide engulfed the loader.
Robins spotted the loader at about 11am, about 150 metres north of the intersection of Beach Rd and The Parade.
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"There were a few people around ... it must have been quite amazing to come in and watch the incoming tide."
Robins said he thought he loader had become stuck in the wet sand.
"I've noticed the sand is quite soft underfoot when the tide is out."
The loader belongs to Porter Hire, and had been hired to a contractor.
A Porter Hire spokesman declined to comment on who the contractor was. He said the company was working on having the loader removed, but was unsure when it would be.
It is not the first piece of machinery to wind up in the ocean off Kapiti – a $250,000, 25-tonne digger was pulled from the surf at Paraparaumu in July.