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NAVY SHIP on its way to help stricken yacht

New Zealand Defence Force

Wednesday October 13, 2004

NAVY SHIP on its way to help stricken yacht

Navy ship, HMNZS KAHU will rendezvous with the yacht RAYA on passage from the Netherlands to the Bay of Islands. Maritime Radio has requested the assistance of the Navy after RAYA suffered rigging and engine difficulties late yesterday.

A RNZAF P3 Orion was tasked to look for the yacht last night, shortly after getting airborne the Orion located the yacht, however was later stood down shortly after 7:00 pm after the RAYA had made contact with shore authorities.

KAHU will rendezvous with RAYA at 4:00 pm today to provide assistance, which may include towing the yacht to the Bay of Islands, (expected to arrive midnight).

KAHU was on EEZ patrol in the vicinity of North Cape and will resume her patrol on completion of the tow.

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