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Friday, October 7, 2016

Cruisers have a more exciting holiday than expected

From the Sydney Morning Herald

Crew members on board a multimillion-dollar yacht bobbing around the South Pacific Ocean with no power are being rescued after making a distress call two days ago.

The 37-metre Masteka 2 was on its way from Fiji to Sydney when it lost steering and began taking on water about 260 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on Tuesday.
The Carnival Spirit responds to a distress call from Masteka 2 and rescues two female crew members.
The Carnival Spirit responds to a distress call from Masteka 2 and rescues two female crew members. Photo: AMSA
Carnival Spirit, a cruise ship that responded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's call for assistance, reached the superyacht first.

It rescued two female crew members using its fast boat and continued on its cruise to The Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.
The crew on board the Masteka 2 had to be rescued.
The crew on board the Masteka 2 had to be rescued.  Photo: AMSA
The four remaining crew members opted to stay with the yacht to keep it afloat until further help arrived.

They were dropped supplies including satellite phones and monitored the boat's pumps for two days.

2 comments:

Jacqueline Simonds said...

That doesn't look good. And what does it say about the billionaire who owns the boat that people would rather die than have the boat owner get mad they left his sinking toy? Yeesh. What a world.

Joan Druett said...

The yacht is owned by a charter company, 37South -- which has signed some kind of agreement with the government of New Zealand. Very mysterious ....