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NZ Yacht, Crew Safe At Fijian Navy base

A New Zealand (NZ) registered yacht which developed engine problems on the way from Fiji to Samoa, and had to be towed back to Suva, is now safe at the
01 Sep 2018 10:00
NZ Yacht, Crew Safe At Fijian Navy base
The SV Exodus at the Fiji Navy jetty. Photo: Simone Haravanua

A New Zealand (NZ) registered yacht which developed engine problems on the way from Fiji to Samoa, and had to be towed back to Suva, is now safe at the Captain Stanley Brown Naval Base.

The two crew members of the SV Exodus are also safe and injury free.

Maritime Commander of the Fiji Navy Commander Ledua Yaco said on Monday, August 27, 2018, an urgent call was relayed from the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ) to the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Co-ordination Centre (FMSRCC).

The RCCNZ, he said, handed over the case to FMSRCC because the vessel was located within the Fiji Search and Rescue Region (SRR).

He said the RCCNZ call came after Taupo maritime radio picked up a radio transmission from a NZ registered yacht, SV Exodus, which was requesting assistance following an engine failure.

“The yacht was on its way from Fiji to Samoa when it experienced problems,” he said.

Cmdr Yaco said FMSRCC was able to monitor and track the SV Exodus as it returned to Fiji waters heading for Suva under sail.

As the yacht made its approach to Suva passage on Thursday, August 30, he said the Lily 3 from the Royal Suva Yacht Club and two Republic of Fiji Navy ships boats from RFNS Kula and RFNS Stanley Brown rendezvoused with the SV Exodus to assist with towing it to Suva Harbour. The yacht was directed to berth at the Captain Stanley Brown Navy base where both occupants were assessed to be in good health.

Commader Yaco acknowledged the volunteer assistance from the Royal Suva Yacht Club.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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