Survivors found following sinking
Forty-four survivors have so far been recovered from liferafts following the sinking of the New Zealand chartered foreign fishing vessel the Oyang 70 in the Southern Ocean today.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) initiated the search after receiving an alert from the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 4.40am. The 82m trawler has 51 foreign crew on board.
The EPIRB alert was followed shortly after by a mayday call from the same position, approximately 400 nautical miles East of Dunedin, relayed by the fishing vessel the Amaltal Atlantis, which reported that the Oyang 70 had sunk.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Officer Christine Wilson said 7 fishing vessels, including the Amaltal Atlantis, were on scene and searching for the missing vessel and the remainder of crew.
Weather in the area was good, but foggy and extremely cold, she said
A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion had also been tasked by RCCNZ and was expected at the scene about 10am today to assist with the search.
More information will be made available as soon as it comes to hand.