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Five people rescued so far in large-scale operation off North Cape


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1 hour ago, whitepointer said:

Possibly a 3 Kings fishing charter said the hearald

I hope not. If so, what on earth were they doing out in this!?

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52 minutes ago, khayyam said:

I hope not. If so, what on earth were they doing out in this!?

Fishing Charter Vessel Enchanter. 

Thoughts are with the families😢

 

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Well actually this weather was predicted late last week so we planned a cruising race around it, had a safety talk on board with the Three Kings Crew yesterday the young ones will now perhaps understand why we were going through all eventualities.

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A mate is has done a lot of commercial fishing, he said the water of North Cape can be the nastiest stretch around the NZ coast which is saying something.

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We came home Saturday as it was obvious Sunday was going to be a sh*tfight for wind and sea state. A couple of the crew a bit whingey about it, wanted more fishing time but both those guys called me Sunday to say thanks, good call.  Cant understand why you would be attacking 3 King in that.

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Without judgement, the launch and its crew appeared to be well-found and capable even in a large sea state.  I await the official report, but expect to hear about about some unusual structural or mechanical catastrophic failure - window perhaps as noted above.

Separately my brother, his wife and 26yo son and Mrs Aardvark brought a Townson 34 down from Whangarei to Mahurangi on Saturday in benign wind but uncomfortable swells.  I definitely encouraged them to be in Mahurangi by late afternoon and not to overnight at Kawau as they had thought they might do.  We are all glad they did.

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So many experts who have no idea of what went on. Lance sailed before the weather was called on last Wednesday. The boat is particularly well found. Lance is a highly respected skipper and vessel operator (he has 2 other similar boats. His boats are meticulously maintained and presented. Judge a man but be prepared to be judged in return. 

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Fishing boat tragedy: Fifth body found, skipper among the survivors

"It's inconceivable why he would have gone out in that weather."

A midnight mercy mission saw the Enchanter's sister vessel, the Pacific Invader, leave Mangonui Harbour during the ferocious storm to help search for the missing boat, a former charter boat skipper said.

A man who was on a fishing charter at the Three Kings at the weekend said his skipper pulled the pin on the trip at dawn yesterday and the sea was already rough then. "Was still a rocking trip back home. Wouldn't want to be in anything worse."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/fishing-boat-tragedy-fifth-body-found-skipper-among-the-survivors/VTGJWLPVOXQOXQTFEADTPOB4RI/

 

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55 minutes ago, Far North Boy said:

So many experts who have no idea of what went on. Lance sailed before the weather was called on last Wednesday. The boat is particularly well found. Lance is a highly respected skipper and vessel operator (he has 2 other similar boats. His boats are meticulously maintained and presented. Judge a man but be prepared to be judged in return. 

But surely he could have returned to base earlier as the forecast worsened?

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3 minutes ago, Rangi1 said:

But surely he could have returned to base earlier as the forecast worsened?

or just stayed at the Kings and weathered it out??

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