Published On: Mon, Aug 28th, 2017

British household rescued from stranded catamaran on South Pacific reef


The household, which included a younger boy and lady, made an emergency radio name from Beveridge Reef – a distant reef 250 miles south east of the small island of Niue, the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ) stated.

Search and rescue officers stated it was “very lucky” close by vessel – the only real craft within the neighborhood – was monitoring the emergency channel and capable of help.

The captain of the Dona Catharina, the ketch that rescued the household, stated they have been now resting and recovering after the in a single day ordeal. He didn’t disclose the identification of the household.

Talking from a satellite tv for pc telephone aboard the ship, captain Martin Vogel stated: “They have been fairly distressed however they’re all sleeping now.

“Truthfully, they’re coping remarkably effectively.”

The 50ft catamaran, Avanti, was taking over water however was “effectively aground”, enabling rescue crews to attend till daylight earlier than accumulating the household by carry raft at round 6.30am.

The household left the vessel, which is now more likely to break up on the reef, with their passports, some garments and “just a few treasured objects”, captain Vogel added.

He stated the household included a boy and a woman aged about 13 and 11.

RCCNZ Senior Search and Rescue Officer Geoff Lunt stated: “The skipper of a 18 metre metal ketch Dona Catharina answered the emergency radio name from our Maritime Operations Centre inside seven minutes.

“It was very lucky they have been anchored within the lagoon and listening to the misery channel at 2.30am.”

He stated the boat, manned by seven crew members, was taking shelter because it sailed from New Zealand to Niue to assist with a examine of humpback whales.

Beveridge Reef is generally submerged with a small half seen at low tide.

At all times a hazard to transport, it has been blamed for various vessels working round, together with a fishing boat, the fibre-glass Nicky Lou, which is seen on the reef.

The lagoon contained in the reef can present calm water for boats however the Avanti had run aground on the other facet from the lagoon’s slim entrance.


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