Media releases 2008
- December(6 releases)show media releases for december 2008
Missing vessel located
Tuesday, 30 December 2008The runabout missing in the Bay of Plenty has been located by a rescue helicopter approximately five kilometres to the west of Motiti Island and 15 kilometres north of Tauranga.
Second text message believed to be from missing vessel
Tuesday, 30 December 2008Family 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 on board seeking help.
Search continuing for missing vessel
Tuesday, 30 December 2008An aerial search overnight has failed to locate the five occupants of an 18 foot boat missing off the Tauranga coast since yesterday.
Orion to search for missing vessel
Monday, 29 December 2008A Royal New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion is to spend the night searching for the occupants of a boat reported missing off the Tauranga coast earlier today.
Onus on jetboat operators to act responsibly
Monday, 22 December 2008Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says public safety on the Kawarau River is not at risk provided all operators follow maritime rules.
- November(12 releases)show media releases for november 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008The conviction of an Auckland boatie who failed to check his craft was seaworthy before embarking on an ill-fated family boating trip highlights the need for all skippers to conduct pre-launch safety checks, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
River Rescue Training Workshop
Wednesday, 19 November 2008A river rescue training workshop focusing on safety within the river boarding and sledging industry will be held in Queenstown this weekend (22-23 November).
Search Suspended for Missing Diver
Wednesday, 12 November 2008The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since Monday afternoon (November 10) has been suspended, after intensive search efforts over the last two days have failed to find him.
Fixed Wing Aircraft Joins Search for Missing Diver
Tuesday, 11 November 2008A Coastguard fixed wing aircraft has joined the search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since yesterday afternoon.
Search Continues for Missing Diver
Tuesday, 11 November 2008The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since yesterday afternoon is continuing.
Search to Resume for Missing Diver
Tuesday, 11 November 2008The search for the diver missing 20 nautical miles (36km) off the Timaru coast will resume at 8am this morning.
Search Continues for Missing Diver
Monday, 10 November 2008The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast is continuing.
Search Underway for Missing Diver
Monday, 10 November 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched a search for a diver reported missing off the Timaru coast this afternoon.
Wanaka search suspended
Sunday, 2 November 2008Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the search for missing pilot Morgan Saxton, 31, of Haast, after intensive search efforts over the last 24 hours have failed to find him or his aircraft.
Wanaka search and rescue update
Sunday, 2 November 2008Aerial, water and shoreline searches are continuing on and around Lake Wanaka for missing helicopter pilot Morgan Saxton.
Search continues near Wanaka
Sunday, 2 November 2008Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) says that the search is continuing for a missing a Robinson R22 helicopter and its sole occupant. The helicopter was last seen north of Wanaka.
- October(1 releases)show media releases for october 2008
- September(6 releases)show media releases for september 2008
World Maritime Day celebrates shipping
Monday, 15 September 2008New Zealand’s proud maritime history and the vital contribution of the shipping industry to the country’s economy will be recognised on World Maritime Day - the theme this year celebrates 60 years in the service of shipping.
Search and Rescue Exercise tests response agencies
Saturday, 13 September 2008The organisers of a live Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) held in the Wellington Harbour area today say the operation was a valuable experience for everyone involved in marine safety.
Inter-agency Search and Rescue exercise planned
Monday, 8 September 2008A 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 in the Wellington area during the last decade.
Search for men missing off Tongan coast suspended
Wednesday, 3 September 2008A 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 Zealand (RCCNZ), in consultation with the Tongan Authorities.
Search fails to find sign of missing men
Wednesday, 3 September 2008A 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 or their boats.
- August(14 releases)show media releases for august 2008
Sunday, 31 August 2008One person has been found dead following the capsize of a yacht off the Tauranga coast this morning.
Kotuku final accident report released
Tuesday, 26 August 2008Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has today (26 August) released its final accident report into the sinking of the fishing vessel Kotuku on13 May 2006, in which six people tragically lost their lives.
Injured crewman to undergo surgery in Dunedin
Friday, 22 August 2008An injured crewman from a Japanese fishing trawler was this morning safely airlifted from the vessel, 120 nautical miles from shore, and taken to Dunedin Hospital.
RCCNZ coordinates medivac for injured crewman
Thursday, 21 August 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is responding to an emergency call regarding an injured crewman on a Japanese fishing trawler hundreds of miles off the coast of Dunedin.
Climbers found alive
Saturday, 16 August 2008A search and rescue helicopter team has located six missing Australian climbers alive in the Metelille Glacier area at 9.45am today. The group are so far believed to be okay, but further information about their
Mt Cook search and rescue operation
Friday, 15 August 2008A search and rescue operation in response to an emergency beacon alert in the Mt Cook area on Thursday will resume tomorrow morning (Saturday 16 August) at first light.
Mt Cook search and rescue operation
Friday, 15 August 2008Brief aerial searches conducted in snowy conditions in the Mt Cook area this afternoon have helped to identify the location of the emergency beacon activated last night.
Mt Cook search and rescue operation
Friday, 15 August 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is co-ordinating a search and rescue in the Mt Cook area after receiving an emergency beacon alert late yesterday.
Prosecution highlights vessel health and safety issues
Thursday, 14 August 2008An incident on board the factory fishing vessel Rehua in which a crewmember lost four fingers last year highlights the need for safe operating procedures, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.
Decision reserved on oil spill sentencing
Wednesday, 13 August 2008The companies responsible for a crude oil spill which polluted the Taranaki coastline last October appeared for sentencing in the New Plymouth District Court today.
RCCNZ Launches Long Range Rescue
Friday, 8 August 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched one of its longest range search and rescue missions to help an injured crewman on board a Spanish vessel hundreds of kilometres off the New Zealand Coast.
Over-reliance on GPS results in successful prosecution
Thursday, 7 August 2008Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says the conviction of two Auckland boaties following a collision with a lit beacon sends a strong message about the dangers of over-relying on GPS and failing to keep a proper lookout.
Pacific Sun update
Saturday, 2 August 2008Maritime agencies with responsibility for the safety of the cruise liner Pacific Sun have now completed their inspection of the vessel and are satisfied that she is safe to depart.
- July(2 releases)show media releases for july 2008
Pacific Sun being monitored by maritime authorities
Thursday, 31 July 2008Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) are monitoring the status of the cruise liner Pacific Sun, which is currently holding position about 300 nautical miles (540km) north east of New Zealand.
Two rescued in fishing vessel tragedy
Sunday, 27 July 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has co-ordinated the rescue of two survivors and one deceased from a 60-foot fishing vessel San Cuvier that ran aground on rocks early this morning, after receiving a series of alerts from a 406MHz distress beacon east of Opotiki.
- June(2 releases)show media releases for june 2008
- May(4 releases)show media releases for may 2008
Abandoned yacht found
Wednesday, 28 May 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has identified a yacht found drifting off the Northland coast yesterday as the Air Apparent, abandoned more than two months ago.
Microlight wreckage found
Sunday, 25 May 2008A rescue helicopter has found the wreckage of a microlight and its two deceased passengers about 120m from the northern end of the Wairoa Aerodrome runway this morning.
Microlight search underway
Sunday, 25 May 2008Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is this morning coordinating the search for a missing microlight in the Wairoa area with two people on board.
- April(4 releases)show media releases for april 2008
Maritime New Zealand response to Kotuku safety recommendations
Wednesday, 16 April 2008As part of its ongoing commitment to improving maritime safety, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has accepted the safety recommendations arising out of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) report into the loss of the Kotuku.
Range of initiatives continue to improve maritime safety
Wednesday, 16 April 2008As part of its ongoing commitment to maritime safety, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) had a raft of initiatives underway prior to the Kotuku tragedy to improve safety across the commercial maritime sector.
Kotuku safety recommendations well underway
Wednesday, 16 April 2008Progress is well underway in implementing safety recommendations made in a report out today (Friday 18 April) on the 2006 Kotuku tragedy, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
- March(2 releases)show media releases for march 2008
- February(4 releases)show media releases for february 2008
Wairau River users encouraged to have say on plan
Wednesday, 20 February 2008Recreational users of Marlboroughs Wairau River are encouraged to have their say on a draft navigational safety plan prepared by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
French yacht crew safely ashore
Monday, 18 February 2008Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin shortly after 1pm today have all been rescued and have now landed safely at Taieri Airfield.
French yacht crew winched to safety
Monday, 18 February 2008Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin today have been winched to safety by three rescue helicopters and are en route to Dunedin.
- January(5 releases)show media releases for january 2008
Fiordland tramper rescued thanks to beacon
Friday, 25 January 2008Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated the successful rescue of a tramper who suffered a seizure in the Fiordland National Park late yesterday.
Piper wreckage found
Wednesday, 16 January 2008The wreckage of a Piper Cherokee aircraft, reported overdue with two qualified pilots on board shortly after 1pm today, has been located by searchers north east of Lake Coleridge, Canterbury.
Search underway for overdue aircraft
Wednesday, 16 January 2008The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is directing the search for an overdue aircraft with two people on board, which failed to land in Christchurch as scheduled earlier today.
Beacon alert results in speedy rescue
Tuesday, 15 January 2008Having a newly purchased and registered 406 Megahertz emergency beacon saved a Hastings man from a potentially lengthy and uncomfortable wait to be rescued after breaking a leg in an accident today.