Media release: Two rescued off coast of Niue
31 July 2019
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has overseen the rescue of two people from a catamaran that grounded off
Niue’s eastern coast.
At 3am yesterday morning, RCCNZ received a distress beacon alert registered to an Australian catamaran.
RCCNZ alerted the local Niuean authorities and local SAR Police were requested to investigate while Niue Maritime Radio
and Taupo Maritime Radio commenced distress broadcasts. At daybreak, a local fisherman located the catamaran aground on
the reef on the eastern side of Niue.
A rescue boat presented to Niue by New Zealand’s Pacific Maritime Safety Programme in 2017 was tasked to facilitate the
rescue however the couple were able to get themselves to shore, where they were met by the Police and taken to Alofi for
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Officer Dougal Cockerell said “We always advise mariners to carry two types of reliable
emergency communications when out on the water. Given the catamaran’s remote location, this couple had the right
communications equipment on board and were able to indicate their distress via their EPIRB”.
“RCCNZ covers one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world. Our search and rescue region extends from the
mid-Tasman Sea, halfway to Chile, and from the South Pole, almost up to the Equator so good communications are
CCaption: The pin represents the approximate location of the grounded catamaran, off the eastern coast of Niue. The
orange border represents the vast RCCNZ Search and Rescue area.