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Navy clarifies Mayday call reception

By FONUA TALEI Navy boss Commander John Fox stands by earlier media comments that the may-day call received from a stricken yacht was not clear. In his response to an
07 Oct 2012 10:30

By FONUA TALEI

Navy boss Commander John Fox stands by earlier media comments that the may-day call received from a stricken yacht was not clear.
In his response to an article published by the Fiji Times yesterday titled “Yacht owner claims may-day call was clear”, Commander Fox said the initial call was relayed to them by the Ports Authority.
“We tried our best to locate the yacht by calling hotels near the site,” Commander Fox said.
He said they finally contacted the yacht at 1.15pm on that Saturday but the reception was not clear.
“It might be clear from their side but from ours it was not.”
According to Commander Fox there was no ship near their locality and the Navy had tried to ascertain the details of their situation.
“We lost contact and we thank the hotel boat that helped them out of the reef.”
He urged the media to be responsible in their reporting.
According to the Fiji Times article, the owner of the yacht that was marooned off the coast of Rakiraki last weekend was unhappy with Navy claims that their distress signal was unclear.




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