Coordination Centre of NZ has located the yacht, Raya, which
has been at the centre of a large search effort off the
northeast coast of the North Island.
There had been
concern for the safety of the vessel after she twice failed
to report in to the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) as had
earlier been arranged.
The yacht eventually made contact
with the MOC on HF radio at approximately 6.30pm, and she is
not in any danger. She is currently approximately 60
nautical miles northeast of Opua.
Search and Rescue
Officer, Roger Brimacombe, said that the RCCNZ was
disappointed at the Skipper’s failure to keep to their
communication agreement with the Centre.
“ Obviously we
are relieved that the Raya has been located, and that those
on board are safe and sound, and in no danger. However, it
is frustrating to say the least when the entire search
operation could have been avoided had they only kept in
touch as agreed,” he said.
The 43-foot yacht was on
passage from the Netherlands to New Zealand when she
reported a problem with her rig early yesterday morning, and
was concerned enough with her condition to set up a
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