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


Air Force Rescues Four From Circling Sharks

June 9 2006

Air Force Rescues Four From Circling Sharks

Click for big version

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion has today helped rescue four people west of Tonga.

The crew of the Orion found the group clinging to debris and with no lifejackets shortly before 1pm. The captain of the aircraft reported seeing sharks near the group.

A liftraft was dropped from the aircraft, which stayed in the area to coordinate a successful rendezvous with a local vessel at approx 2pm.

It was the second successful search and rescue mission for the Air Force crew today.

The aircraft initially left RNZAF Base Whenuapai at 4.20am after a signal from an emergency beacon was picked up near Tonga.

Once in the search area the Orion discovered the fishing vessel the Pacific Sunrise, which had lost battery power, and coordinated a successful rendezvous with another vessel.

The captain of the Pacific Sunrise sent a message of thanks to the people involved in the search.

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude with your assistance to us this morning with the help of the RNZAF plane," the statement read.

The Orion was on its way back to New Zealand when it was diverted and subsequently found the four people in the water.

The aircraft is due to return to New Zealand this evening


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news