Fiji Time: 4:04 PM on Tuesday 17 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Three rescued after abandoning yacht

APNZ
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Update: 11:00AM THREE people were plucked to safety from a liferaft after abandoning their stricken yacht north of New Zealand in a dramatic rescue today.

The 11-metre yacht Django II was on a return trip from Fiji and 170 nautical miles north of North Cape when Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) was alerted this morning that it had issued a mayday call, picked up by Maritime Radio.

The yacht's rudder was becoming detached, putting the vessel in danger of sinking, Maritime NZ said.

The crew of two men and one woman were ready to abandon ship.

RCCNZ tasked two vessels in the area, the log carrier Laura Bulker which was en route from Tauranga to China and 60 nautical miles from the stricken yacht, and the Royal New Zealand Navy patrol vessel HMNZS Otago, which was 90 nautical miles away.

The Otago arrived alongside Django II at about 5.30pm, with the Laura Bulker on scene shortly after and standing by while the naval vessel carried out the rescue.

The Django's II crew abandoned ship into a liferaft, but as it was being hauled across to the Otago they feared the larger vessel was about to roll over and crush them in the heavy seas, and they cut the rope.

The Otago then sent a swimmer into the water with another rope, to tie the liferaft on again and bring it alongside.

The crew are now safely on board the Otago, which is en route to Devonport in Auckland and expected to arrive this morning.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Neville Blakemore praised the Otago and Laura Bulker for their prompt response to the request for help, and the skilfull rescue in difficult conditions.

The yacht and liferaft were still afloat when the vessels departed the area, and a navigation warning has been issued to advise mariners of its position.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62160.6026
JPY 56.274453.2744
GBP 0.37320.3652
EUR 0.42070.4087
NZD 0.69850.6655
AUD 0.63540.6104
USD 0.49810.4811

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead
  2. 11 vye for Miss Fiji crown
  3. Fiji Airways to ground aircraft until cleared to fly
  4. 'Let's bring it to life'
  5. Full force for polls
  6. Bati visits Ra villages
  7. NCDs' shocking stats
  8. Health audit
  9. CORRECTION
  10. Tuvalu makes call for UN Security Council support

Top Stories this Week

  1. 30 officers dismissed from force Friday (13 Oct)
  2. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  3. 'Hell on Earth' Thursday (12 Oct)
  4. $8m drugs seized Friday (13 Oct)
  5. Cyclones predicted to hit Fiji Wednesday (11 Oct)
  6. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  7. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  8. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Fijian overstayers Thursday (12 Oct)
  10. Fiji Airways flight makes rapid descend; Air system fault Wednesday (11 Oct)