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Police no longer seek Hauraki Gulf ‘mayday’ vessel

Police are no longer seeking a vessel that was the subject of a search in the sea area between Maraetai and Waiheke on Sunday, after being advised that a vessel matching the description had returned to shore.

On Sunday Maritime Police led a search for a vessel believed to have sent a mayday call at 12.58pm.

Police, with the assistance of Westpac helicopter and four Coastguard vessels, searched an extensive area for more than four hours without locating any vessel in distress.

Yesterday, Maritime Police were made aware that the vessel they believed was the subject of the search had returned to shore Sunday afternoon.

Maritime Police would like to remind boaties to carry lifejackets at all times, have two forms of communication and that an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is one of the best forms of communication in an emergency.

Modern EPIRBs and PLBs (personal locator beacons) transmit the persons position to emergency services.

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  1. …Even more of a reason to subscribe to Sea Tow for rescue / towing services.
    Cost; about $100 per year, and they will come and help in all kinds of weather.
    Be sure to donate to the RNZ Coast Guard as well.
    Hopefully those who are not politically-correct and run into trouble on the water will not be blacklisted by those agencies and services and are not on a ‘do not help’ list that is overseen by the Old Boy / Girl PTB Masonic elements that are so deeply entrenched in Western and NZ society!
    In the end, the person who will come and help you is the one in the mirror.
    Solution; don’t get into such an emergency situation in the first place!

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