It's despite calls for them not to.
The boat was carrying about 200 litres of marine diesel when it sank.
Swells of up to four metres may push the boat onto the rocks in the afternoon.
In some areas of Ōpito Bay, divers were only able to find an average of one legal-size scallop per 26 square meters of seabed.
The incident was filmed and put on social media.
"Having a wreck like this close to the shore, so complete, is pretty fantastic."
The man was filmed ramming another vehicle.
John Dixon is on life parole after beating a night watchman to death when he was just 16.
Children can be heard crying in the background.