Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Rescue Under Way For 2 People Adrift In Life Raft

MEDIA RELEASE
Date: 13 June 2005
Time: 9.45pm

Rescue under way for two people adrift in life raft

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is managing the rescue of two Swedish crewmembers who evacuated to their life raft after their yacht, Ciru, capsized tonight, 780 kilometres south of Fiji.

An Airforce Orion is expected to reach the area to attempt to locate them at midnight tonight.

The crew were able to alert the Maritime Safety Authority communications centre of their distress by radio at 7.15pm, before abandoning their yacht.

Rescue Coordination Centre mission controller Geoff Lunt says the yacht had lost its mast, the engine room had flooded with water, and the couple were without an emergency distress beacon. They are also suffering some injuries, which they didn't explain.

"They are adrift in the same atrocious weather which has caught three other yachts out in as many days. They'll be battling gale-force winds and about six metre swells. Clearly, it'll be very unpleasant for them, and we're doing everything we can to rescue them as soon as we possibly can," he said.

The couple left Whangarei for Suva on 2 June. No other information is available about the couple.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news