Four passengers aboard a sinking boat near Waterhouse Island have been rescued by a marine police vessel patrolling the area.
A Tasmania Police spokesperson said the boat started taking on water after its engine failed. They said police were contacted by people aboard shortly before 10am.
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The boat's emergency position indicating radio beacon was activated.
The spokesperson said a helicopter had responded, but was not required for the rescue.
A rescue helicopter is responding to reports of a boat sinking near Waterhouse Island in Tasmania's north-east.
The four passengers on the catamaran style boat activated its emergency position indicating radio beacon when the vessel started taking on water.
A Tasmania Police spokesperson said the alert is helping emergency services locate the exact position of the boat.
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