North Cape operation - update two
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.