North Cape operation - update two

21 March 2022

The Rescue Coordination Centre is continuing to search for a number of unaccounted people in the waters off North Cape.

An emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) was activated by a vessel at about 8pm, Sunday 20 March.

Rescue Coordination Centre spokesman Nick Burt says, this is a highly technical operation, with a number of agencies working together in the search.

The vessel had 10 people on-board, five have been rescued. They are currently in Kaitaia Hospital, all of whom are in a stable condition.

The operation is still active, with helicopters searching from the air and vessels supporting the search as well.

Ground crews also searching along the shoreline.

Follow us News feed

Call the MNZ media line