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Our Navy Bring Stranded NZ Crew To Suva

Our Navy Bring Stranded NZ Crew To Suva
The yacht, Jungle, which ran aground on Tuvana-I-Ra reef near Ono-i-Lau on the early hours of Friday morning. Photo: Ben Dreuvakanabalawa/Fiji Navy
June 25
17:24 2017

The crew of the stricken Wellington yacht Jungle arrived in Suva this morning onboard RFNS Kula.

The yacht, Jungle, had run aground on Tuvana-I-Ra reef near Ono-i-Lau on the early hours of Friday morning.

It is understood there were four men on the yacht when it got stuck on the reef.

Senior search and rescue officer Keith Allen, of the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand, said the Fijian boat found the yacht on Saturday morning but was unable to contact its crew by radio.

A rescue party was dispatched in a smaller boat to an atoll where the crew of the SV Jungle were found safe and well.

They had reached the island by life raft after the yacht was damaged.

RFNS Kula had left around midnight on Friday for Tuvana to bring them back at the Stanley Brown Base in Walu Bay.

Fiji Navy confirmed that they were made aware of the incident at around 5am on Friday morning.

“They arrived this morning (today) on board the RFNS Kula with 20 naval officers,” Fiji Navy, Lieutenant-Commander Ledua Yaco said.

Lieutenant-Commander Yaco added the naval officers managed to sight the yacht however its salvaging was not their responsibility.

“Our duty is to see that the stranded passengers are brought safely to Suva,” he said.

The Fiji Navy said they had liaised with New Zealand’s rescue co-ordination centre on updates of passengers on board that yacht.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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