Media releases 2008

Missing vessel located
The runabout missing in the Bay of Plenty has been located by a rescue helicopter approximately five kilometres to the west of Motiti Island and&n...
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Second text message believed to be from missing vessel
Family members of a group of people missing in a boat off the Tauranga coast have reported receiving a second text message this morning from those o...
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Search continuing for missing vessel
An aerial search overnight has failed to locate the five occupants of an 18 foot boat missing off the Tauranga coast since yesterday....
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Orion to search for missing vessel
A Royal New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion is to spend the night searching for the occupants of a boat reported missing off the Tauranga coast ear...
Monday, 29 December 2008

Onus on jetboat operators to act responsibly
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says public safety on the Kawarau River is not at risk provided all operators follow maritime rules....
Monday, 22 December 2008

Clarification of lifejacket requirements
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has moved to clarify rules around the carriage and use of lifejackets, following steps by some regional councils to draf...
Sunday, 21 December 2008

Skipper convicted
The conviction of an Auckland boatie who failed to check his craft was seaworthy before embarking on an ill-fated family boating trip highlights the...
Monday, 24 November 2008

River Rescue Training Workshop
A river rescue training workshop focusing on safety within the river boarding and sledging industry will be held in Queenstown this weekend (22-23 N...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Search Suspended for Missing Diver
The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since Monday afternoon (November 10) has been suspended, after intensive search efforts over the...
Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Fixed Wing Aircraft Joins Search for Missing Diver
A Coastguard fixed wing aircraft has joined the search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since yesterday afternoon....
Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Search Continues for Missing Diver
The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since yesterday afternoon is continuing....
Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Search to Resume for Missing Diver
The search for the diver missing 20 nautical miles (36km) off the Timaru coast will resume at 8am this morning....
Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Search Continues for Missing Diver
The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast is continuing....
Monday, 10 November 2008

Search Underway for Missing Diver
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched a search for a diver reported missing off the Timaru coast this afternoon....
Monday, 10 November 2008

Wanaka search suspended
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the search for missing pilot Morgan Saxton, 31...
Sunday, 2 November 2008

Wanaka search and rescue update
Aerial, water and shoreline searches are continuing on and around Lake Wanaka for missing helicopter pilot Morgan Saxton....
Sunday, 2 November 2008

Search continues near Wanaka
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) says that the search is continuing for a missing a Robinson R22 helicopter and its sole occupant. The helicopt...
Sunday, 2 November 2008

Search and rescue launched near Wanaka
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has launched a Search and Rescue operation to find a Robinson R22 helicopter and sole occupant overdue on a fl...
Sunday, 2 November 2008

Injured tramper rescued from Ureweras
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has directed the successful rescue of a 50-year-old man with severe head lacerations from Te Urewera National ...
Thursday, 2 October 2008

World Maritime Day celebrates shipping
New Zealand’s proud maritime history and the vital contribution of the shipping industry to the country’s economy will be recognised on W...
Monday, 15 September 2008

Search and Rescue Exercise tests response agencies
The organisers of a live Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) held in the Wellington Harbour area today say the operation was a valuable experience fo...
Saturday, 13 September 2008

Inter-agency Search and Rescue exercise planned
A live inter-agency rescue exercise (SAREX) to be held on Saturday 13 September 2008 is one of the most significant maritime exercises to be held i...
Monday, 8 September 2008

Search for men missing off Tongan coast suspended
A search for two men missing at sea off the coast of Tonga since Friday 29 August has been suspended by the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealan...
Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Search fails to find sign of missing men
A search today by a Royal New Zealand Defence Force Orion for two men missing at sea off the coast of Tonga has failed to locate any sign of the men...
Wednesday, 3 September 2008

RCCNZ coordinates search off Tongan coast
A Royal New Zealand Defence Force Orion was this morning sent to Tonga to assist in the search for two men who have been missing at sea since Friday...
Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Yachting fatality
One person has been found dead following the capsize of a yacht off the Tauranga coast this morning....
Sunday, 31 August 2008

Kotuku final accident report released
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has today (26 August) released its final accident report into the sinking of the fishing vessel Kotuku on13 May 2006, in w...
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Injured crewman to undergo surgery in Dunedin
An injured crewman from a Japanese fishing trawler was this morning safely airlifted from the vessel, 120 nautical miles from shore, and taken to Du...
Friday, 22 August 2008

RCCNZ coordinates medivac for injured crewman
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is responding to an emergency call regarding an injured crewman on a Japanese fishing trawler hundreds of m...
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Climbers found alive
A search and rescue helicopter team has located six missing Australian climbers alive in the Metelille Glacier area at 9.45am today. The group are s...
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Mt Cook search and rescue operation
A search and rescue operation in response to an emergency beacon alert in the Mt Cook area on Thursday will resume tomorrow morning (Saturday 16 Aug...
Friday, 15 August 2008

Mt Cook search and rescue operation
Brief aerial searches conducted in snowy conditions in the Mt Cook area this afternoon have helped to identify the location of the emergency beacon ...
Friday, 15 August 2008

Mt Cook search and rescue operation
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is co-ordinating a search and rescue in the Mt Cook area after receiving an emergency beacon alert late ...
Friday, 15 August 2008

Prosecution highlights vessel health and safety issues
An incident on board the factory fishing vessel Rehua in which a crewmember lost four fingers last year highlights the need ...
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Decision reserved on oil spill sentencing
The companies responsible for a crude oil spill which polluted the Taranaki coastline last October appeared for sentencing in the New Plymouth Dist...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

RCCNZ Launches Long Range Rescue
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched one of its longest range search and rescue missions to help an injured crewman on bo...
Friday, 8 August 2008

Over-reliance on GPS results in successful prosecution
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says the conviction of two Auckland boaties following a collision with a lit beacon sends a strong message about the dan...
Thursday, 7 August 2008

Pacific Sun update
Maritime agencies with responsibility for the safety of the cruise liner Pacific Sun have now completed their inspection of...
Saturday, 2 August 2008

Pacific Sun update
Maritime agencies with responsibility for the Pacific Sun are working together to ensure the vessel is thoroughly checked f...
Friday, 1 August 2008

Pacific Sun being monitored by maritime authorities
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) are monitoring the status of the cruise liner Pacific Sun, which i...
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Two rescued in fishing vessel tragedy
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has co-ordinated the rescue of two survivors and one deceased from a 60-foot fishing vessel San ...
Sunday, 27 July 2008

Man Saved by Beacon
A man was winched to safety by the Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter this morning after activating a 406MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beaco...
Monday, 23 June 2008

Mi Jay loss highlights importance of regular trip reports
The loss of the Mi Jay and her crew may have been avoided had her owner maintained regular radio contact with the vessel and reported her missing much...
Friday, 6 June 2008

Abandoned yacht found
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has identified a yacht found drifting off the Northland coast yesterday as the Air Apparent, abando...
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Microlight wreckage found
A rescue helicopter has found the wreckage of a microlight and its two deceased passengers about 120m from the northern end of the Wairoa Aerodrome ru...
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Microlight search underway
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is this morning coordinating the search for a missing microlight in the Wairoa area with two people on ...
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Beacon aids rescue of injured girl
An incident in the MacKenzie Basin today (Saturday 3 May) has again highlighted the benefit of carrying emergency distress beacons says the Rescue C...
Friday, 2 May 2008

Maritime New Zealand response to Kotuku safety recommendations
Range of initiatives continue to improve maritime safety
Kotuku safety recommendations well underway
Progress is well underway in implementing safety recommendations made in a report out today (Friday 18 April) on the 2006 Kotuku tragedy, says Mariti...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Distress beacon sparks rescue near Arthur's Pass
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has co-ordinated the successful rescue of an injured solo tramper, after receiving a series of aler...
Saturday, 12 April 2008

Good preparation urged as muttonbird season opens
Vessel owners and operators preparing to take family and friends muttonbirding when the season opens on March 15 are being urged to make the proper pr...
Monday, 10 March 2008

MNZ assessing Seawyf grounding
A Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Maritime Safety Inspector has visited the scene of an incident involving the fishing vessel Seawyf, which ran aground on ...
Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Wairau River users encouraged to have say on plan
Recreational users of Marlboroughs Wairau River are encouraged to have their say on a draft navigational safety plan prepared by Maritime New Zealand ...
Wednesday, 20 February 2008

French yacht crew safely ashore
Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin shortly after 1pm today have all been rescued and have now landed safely ...
Monday, 18 February 2008

French yacht crew winched to safety
Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin today have been winched to safety by three rescue helicopters and are en ...
Monday, 18 February 2008

French Yacht Crew Rescue
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is facilitating the rescue of 10 sailors whose vessel overturned about 80 nautical miles east of Duned...
Monday, 18 February 2008

Fiordland tramper rescued thanks to beacon
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated the successful rescue of a tramper who suffered a seizure in the Fiordland National P...
Friday, 25 January 2008

Piper wreckage found
The wreckage of a Piper Cherokee aircraft, reported overdue with two qualified pilots on board shortly after 1pm today, has been located by searcher...
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Search underway for overdue aircraft
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is directing the search for an overdue aircraft with two people on board, which failed to land in Christchu...
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Beacon alert results in speedy rescue
Having a newly purchased and registered 406 Megahertz emergency beacon saved a Hastings man from a potentially lengthy and uncomfortable wait to be re...
Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Climber's body recovered
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has confirmed that the body of a climber was recovered from a steep ravine south of Mount Cook th...
Sunday, 6 January 2008