sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Boats for Sale MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Racing Cruising Int Magnetic Is RW Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Sail-World.com : Relative claims missing schooner crew 'could still be surviving'
Relative claims missing schooner crew 'could still be surviving'


'Nina - is she still out there somewhere?'    .

Families of the lost crew of the schooner Nina, missing since June 04 in the Tasman Sea have long thought there was a possibility that they were still surviving, somewhere out there on the sea. Now one relative is quoting a 1989 incident to demonstrate how clearly possible it is that they are still on the boat and alive.

The New Zealand press is reporting that crew member Evi Nemeth's partner, Curly Carswell, claims multiple failures in the search for the missing 85-year-old yacht and its seven crew, whose EPIRB was never activated.

Carswell, a New Zealander living in Savusavu, Fiji, said the Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ)

1. Started their search 10 days too late.
2. Was misled by satellite technology so that the search began in a position which was hundreds of nautical miles out.
3. Ceased their search when it is possible the crew is still surviving somewhere on the water.

To support his case, he has made comparisons with the survival of four crew given up for dead on the trimaran Rose Noelle out of Picton in New Zealand, which capsized off the east coast of the North Island.

In that incident, despite an emergency locator beacon and an extensive search the vessel was not found, but washed ashore at Great Barrier Island 119 days later with its four crew still surviving

In an open letter widely distributed among cruising networks and in an interview with Fairfax, Carswell said New Zealand had failed in its job but there was still time.

'And while I hate to warn you all, as Evi my partner is one of the crew, and with tears in my eyes I must tell you as a mariner that the time is running out very quickly for the probability of survival of our loved ones at sea,' Carswell told the newspaper.

RCCNZ denied the statements and said the emotive comments were regrettable but understandable.

Nina left Opua on May 29, bound for Newcastle, Australia. It was last heard from on June 4, when conditions in the Tasman were very rough, but searching only began on June 25, as rescue officials opined at the time that the ETA had been to optimistic. The official search was called off on July 4 with no trace of Nina or crew found.

It had an older model emergency locator beacon (EPIRB) and a Spot GPS tracking system that transmitted latitude and longitude data to a list of telephone and email addresses and could be followed on Google Earth. The yacht's crew also had an older model of an Iridium satellite phone that could send text and voice messages, but did not have GPS.

The EPIRB was never activated and the Spot GPS tracked them for a time.

On June 4, Nemeth sent a text message to Auckland weather expert Bob McDavitt. She gave a position but Carswell said RCCNZ did not accept that and instead took the position that Iridium said the message had come from.

The difference between the two positions was 650 nautical miles. They spent more time looking at places based on the Iridium position, not Nemeth's position.

RCCNZ has discussed the search operation with both the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the US Coastguard. They said, 'On the basis of information provided, both organisations have indicated that they would have followed a similar process in undertaking a response.'

The full story of the Rose-Noelle:
As told by Malcolm Pullman
They were emanciated and bedraggled, but otherwise unmarked.

After 119 days at sea living in the tiny, waterlogged aft cabin of the upturned trimaran Rose-Noelle, John Glennie and his three crew clambered ashore at Little Waterfall Bay on the rugged remote southeast coast of Great Barrier island.

They had set out from Picton on June 1 bound for Tonga. Glennie had vast experience of South Seas sailing, the others,-----Rick Hellriegel, James Nalepka and Phil Hofman had little.

For the first day and a half the weather was good and the Rose-Noelle, which had been carefully and strongly built by Glennie using high technology materials, made swift progress. Then the weather turned sour from the Northerly quarter.

On the afternoon of June 3, after Glennie could no longer steer alone with his enabled crew, a sea anchor was deployed, and the crew retired below, bow to the waves.
During the night, the sea anchor seemed to foul itself and the boat slewed broadside to the waves.
At 0600 on June 4, the crew heard the roar of an extra large wave approaching, they braced themselves for the inevitable shudder and slide but this time the Rose-Noelle dug in and capsized.

John Glennie believes the fouled sea anchor was the main cause of the accident. But the wave was so big that he has doubts about whether the Rose-Noelle would have survived under ideal conditions.

The trimaran remained afloat upside down, if anything, with its mast snapped at the first spreaders, more stable than right way up. The crew clambered into the tiny aft cabin under the cockpit and wedged themselves up above the waterline with mattresses, drawers and the like. The four lived in this space---about the size of a double bed with less than an arms width of headroom—for the next 119 days.

After the first scramble to survive, the men settled down to await rescue, having activated their emergency locator beacon. But at approximately 40 degrees south and 179 degrees east the beacon was out of range of any aircraft listening on any emergency frequencies. The men devised ways of making life a little more comfortable, but much of the first few weeks was spent huddled below in winter storms expecting to be rescued.

After three weeks they realized the beacon had not alerted anyone. With drinking water running low they intensified efforts to ride it out.

A successful rain water collecting device was made by splitting lengths of plastic pipe. Fishing became a full time job whenever the weather would let them out onto the upturned hulls.

After about 2- 3 months barnacles and mollusks’ began to grow on the hulls. Fish, mostly Kingfish were attracted to this, making catching a meal much easier.

At one stage a curious Hapuka (Grouper) swam into the underwater cabin providing a delicious change of diet. Crew morale fluctuated. Huddled together for warmth in the claustrophobic inverted cabin where if one person turned over three others had to reposition themselves meant that conviviality was a premium.

During the worst of the storms they spent up to four to five days at a time huddled into the cabin without being able to venture out for a stretch, through a hole they has cut in the hull.

They finally reached land in the aftermath of a stiff north-easter. On the rugged shore the three metre high waves quickly dashed the Rose-Noelle into fragments, but the men scrambled safely to shore.

A careful daily record by Glennie of the saga was lost in the wreck.
….................

There are also other recorded instances of people surviving long periods at sea:

In 1942 during World War II Poon Lim, a Chinese merchant seaman was the sole survivor after his ship went down, and, constructing a raft from debris, survived for 133 days adrift in the South Atlantic.

In 1972 Dougal Robertson, with his family and crew member, survived 38 days adrift in the Pacific after their yacht was holed by a whale.

The next year, in 1973 Maurice and Maralyn Bailey, survived 117 days adrift in the Pacific after their yacht was also holed by a whale and sank.

Steven Callahan, survived 76 days adrift in the Atlantic in a life raft in 1986 after his yacht was also holed by what he suspects was a whale.


by Sail-World Cruising Round-up

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=112541

6:10 AM Sun 28 Jul 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
EPIRB's and rescues

Related News Stories:

28 Jul 2013  'Perfect preparation' with PLB saves life of solo MOB
26 Jul 2013  'Gathering Cruise' Tall ship hits rocks and sinks - all crew rescued
24 Jul 2013  What does it take? Coastguard frustrated by irresponsible sailors
12 Jul 2013  Dad won't accept his sailing daughter lost at sea
03 Jun 2013  Norwegian sailors say 'thanks' after international rescue
14 May 2013  AMVER to the rescue - again - of four sailors
06 May 2013  Coastguards pay tribute to yacht crew after copybook rescue
30 Apr 2013  Skipper missing, non-sailor rescued mid-Pacific, updated
23 Apr 2013  Bay of Biscay rescue prompts plea from Coastguard
23 Apr 2013  Dismasted Russian solo sailor rescued in Bass Strait
MORE STORIES ...






Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

Reporting this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, an international team of scientists describe how they were surprised to discover that the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains show little sign of erosion, and that its saw-toothed towering crags resemble the modern ranges like the European Alps or Rocky Mountains. ... [more]  

Clear the Decks! by Paul Shard, Bahamas
Twenty-five years ago when Sheryl and I were building and outfitting our first boat, 'Two-Step', a Classic 37, we tried to imagine sailing her in a storm. We did a lot of research about storm tactics and as a result we designed the deck layout so we could handle most tasks from the cockpit and bought heavy weather sails. ... [more]  

The world’s largest sailing media group, Sail-World.com, held its first continental group meeting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) this week. METS is the world’s largest B2B Marine show and this year it had a record 1358 exhibitors and more than 21,000 Marine industry representatives. ... [more]  

On Monday 17 November, an impressive line-up of speakers at 13th International Sailing Summit shared ideas and best practice from around the world, demonstrating how the sailing industry can change to increase and retain participation, through innovation, technology and cultural changes. British Cycling has seen its membership grow by 567% since 2005. ... [more]  

Extinction risk not the answer for reef futures by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies
Coral and reef fishes are not like pandas and tigers, and the extinction risks they face are much lower. Leading coral reef scientists in Australia and the USA say there needs to be a new approach to protecting the future of marine ecosystems, with a shift away from the current focus on extinction threat. ... [more]  

ARC+ fleet sets sail for Saint Lucia by World Cruising Club
The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions on November 19th as they set out on Leg 2 of the ARC+ from São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands to Saint Lucia. Conditions at the start were excellent with a NE wind of around 10 knots blowing across the start line. ... [more]  

An auction is set to be held at Runaway Bay Marina, Gold Coast, on Saturday 22nd November. Telephone bidding is available by contacting, Jo on 0407 213 557, or email, jo@marineauctions.com.au. ... [more]  

Sail safer with these 'landfall light' secrets by Captain John Jamieson, Florida
Imagine sailing toward the coast, with landfall just over the horizon. Your GPS signal has been weak and unreliable. You strain your eyes to pick up the light that marks the entrance to the safe harbor ahead. What three sea-tested sailing tips can you use to keep your small sailboat and your sailing crew in safe water? ... [more]  

The Mediterranean Sea is a destination area that many people aspire to visit. ‘The Med’ as it is often known touches the coastlines of a number of countries and is an attractive area for holidaymakers due to the wonderful climate and welcoming people. Sailing The Med is a dream for many boating enthusiasts and the waters hold many exciting adventures. ... [more]  

Garmin Ltd has announced a new line of scanning transducers designed to accommodate any calibre of mariner, from the casual cruiser to the professional angler. Supporting both the newest lines of Garmin echoMAP and GPSMAP chartplotters and multifunction displays (MFD), this full array of thru-hull and transom-mounted transducers are a valuable addition to any vessel. ... [more]  

Spinnakers and Parasails flying, the 34 Atlantic Odyssey yachts crossed the start line off Arrecife bound for Martinique some 2700 miles away. Although Sephina, an Australian Lagoon 400, crossed the line first, she was a little ahead of time, so the first boat in fact to cross the start line correctly after the 12 noon starting gun was Gazel Rebel from France, a Pogo 850. ... [more]  

The last arrival of the World ARC fleet into Richard’s Bay marked the achievement of the 21 yachts crossing the Indian Ocean! A challenging crossing, particularly for the last half of arrivals included key equipment failures. 'Everything looked fine until Roger noticed a crack in the boom. We had broken the boom!' – Free & BrEasy ... [more]  

Doyle Sails New Zealand will once again be exhibiting in the Superyacht Pavilion at the upcoming Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), running from 19-20 November in Amsterdam. Our stand will be in its usual spot in the main hall - stand 10.715 - and we look forward to welcoming you to the show. ... [more]  

ARC 2014 Opening Ceremony - With one week to go before the ARC 2014 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina. ... [more]  

Australia strengthens commitment to Coral Triangle by Daniel Rockett, WWF-Australia
The announcement on November 13 that Australia would commit a further $6 million towards the Coral Triangle Initiative was welcomed by WWF-Australia. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Environment Minister Greg Hunt, announced the new funding package at the World Parks Congress in Sydney. ... [more]  

Although he is the oldest Skipper in ARC 2014, Manfred Kerstan from Berlin certainly doesn’t show it and is all set to enjoy his 20th ARC to its fullest. Over the years, Manfred has embraced the real spirit of the ARC, and is a stalwart presence at social functions and seminars, talking to participants old and new about all aspects of the rally. ... [more]  

Just a week left to run on your opportunity to own a waterfront home, plus deep-water mooring in the Bay of Islands Built to an architect design in 2000, this north-facing waterfront Opua property is a short walk to the marina and boatyard. It is going to auction on November 22. ... [more]  

Whilst waiting for the ARC+ fleet to arrive at their mid-Atlantic stop of Mindelo, on Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, you easily realise the excitement which is bubbling around the Marina, in the government offices and in bars and restaurants. ... [more]  

Nothing ever bad happens in the rally, right? If you read the daily news stories over the years, you’d certainly think so. But despite what I sometimes think of as the ‘propaganda’ that we post in the news and features during the 1500 (and I’m myself responsible for producing it), I feel we ought to focus at least occasionally on some of the more unfortunate realities of ocean sailing. ... [more]  

Sailing allows us to travel long distances with relatively low carbon emissions, but the reality is that all yachts burn diesel for motive power and to generate electricity. Conscious of this impact, ARC organiser World Cruising Club has teamed up with local non-profit forestry organisations in Gran Canaria to develop and sponsor a carbon offset project. ... [more]  

It’s one of those wonderful sayings you hear around the quay or bar a lot. It’s mostly spoken when someone makes an obvious and usually very public mistake. It is one of those classic, laconic and ironic statements. It is as Australian as calling people by their Surname, especially if it is shortened, or even lengthened, by adding a ‘y’, ‘o’ or ‘ie’ to the end of it. ... [more]  

Expressing continued grave concern over piracy off the coast of Somalia despite a sharp decline in attacks, the Security Council has renewed for another year authorizations, first agreed in 2008, for international action to fight the crime in cooperation with Government authorities. ... [more]  

During the last two weeks we have received the details of the boats for the provisional entry list in the World Odyssey Race (see list below). Unfortunately we were forced to recognise that too many of those who have expressed an interest in sailing in the World Odyssey Race would do so on yachts which may not be suitable for the rigours of a circumnavigation in high latitudes. ... [more]  

When you’re a powerhouse of a club, you don’t just have an Opening Day, you hold a full weekend of functions. Such is the case for the Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) who began their festivities to celebrate the launching of the 2014/15 season last Friday, and only finished on the Sunday. ... [more]  

Falcon, the 80’ Cookson, did the expected and beat the rest of the fleet to the BVI. The ex-America’s Cup training vessel, now a tricked out cruising yacht, sailed the course in just over seven days, arriving Monday night around 9pm. 'We had the perfect passage,' said the yacht’s owner Cary St. Onge. ... [more]  

With 75% of the ARC fleet now in Las Palmas, the docks of the Muelle Deportivo are populated with boats of all shapes and sizes, from multiple manufacturers and sailing under the flags of 22 different nations. The range of boats is as ecclectic as the crews on board with examples of almost every kind of ocean cruising boat available represented amongst the ARC 2014 fleet. ... [more]  

The notice of race has been released for the Antigua 2 Falmouth 2015 event, run by Sailing Rallies. Due to demand from boats at the end of the Caribbean sailing season wishing to return to the UK, this new event has been launched to give sailors a suitable high quality event. ... [more]  

With attractive marinas and a favourable exchange rate, Malaysia is fast becoming a preferred destination to Singapore for yachting enthusiasts. State Tourism Department director Dr Badrul Hisham Kassim said the yacht tourism which has been privately run thus far, contributed RM529 million to the economy from 2004 to 2014. ... [more]  

Indonesian Govt eases yacht permits to boost ‘marine tourism’ by Nadya Natahadibrata/Grace D. Amian, Jakarta Post
In recognition of the potential of the country’s marine sector to become a key driver of the economy and to create jobs, the new Indonesian government is preparing measures to develop the cruise and yacht tourism industries as part of an effort to double the number of foreign visitors entering the country within five years. ... [more]  

Oceans of Hope, with a working crew of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), has arrived in New York City, USA, on the latest leg of the 33,000-nautical mile global voyage. During the six-day stopover Oceans of Hope will be berthed at North Cove Marina, in lower Manhattan and people with MS will be invited to take part in two days of sailing on the 14th and 15th of November. ... [more]  

A rare 'Medicane', a hybrid storm with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical storm, formed over the South Central Mediterranean Sea on Friday and moved over the island of Malta, bringing them tropical storm-like conditions. ... [more]  

'Lighter than we expected' was the comment on the winds today for leg one of the ARC+ Cape Verde route. This has been in complete contrast to the first 24 hours which, as usual was lively as boats headed passed the Canary Islands wind acceleration zone. ... [more]  

I didn’t talk to my husband for two days when his peculiar answers to my naïve nautical questions reached my bewildered ears. Back then, as a mere fledgling to sailing, my raw researching met brutal honesty. Seeking a sailboat and home, to travel the planet, I tried to grasp the financials and what, exactly, was I letting myself in for. ... [more]  

Busy schedule begins for ARC crews in Las Palmas
Slow progress in the Caribbean 1500 fleet
Dolittle's Voyage Around NZ (Part 4) - Nelson to home
Crystal Blues finds good medicine in Penang
ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
First ARC Bahamas boats make landfall in the Caribbean
First arrivals of World ARC fleet enter Richard’s Bay, South Africa
No room for complacency in Gulf of Guinea
250 kilos of cocaine seized from UK-bound yacht in joint operation
New Rayglass ProJet on duty at Auckland Airport
Caribbean 1500 fleet are getting their sea legs
The reliability of C-Map electronic charts in the Arctic
Know your charts and sail clear of deadly rocks and reefs!
ARC New Zealand – Fleet of nine to take part in inaugural edition
ARC+ Seminars Programme commences
Regattas, New LITE video, new Corsair Pulse 600 and much more
World ARC - Sailing south of Madagascar to Richard's Bay, South Africa
25th Caribbean 1500 heads to sea
29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ready to set sail
2014 Beneteau Cup - Cup full of Beneteau fun on Sydney Harbour
Victorian Government promises $65 million Better Bay Plan   
New study finds oceans arrived early to earth   
World Cruising Club’s second ARC+ event off to a great   
Caribbean 1500 - More German Bier and the start of the Seminar Program   
A light on the horizon   
Could this be the knot that never fails?   
Clock running on countdown to the 25th Caribbean 1500   
Ten crucial actions to save the Great Barrier Reef   
Henri Lloyd's famous summer sample sale on now   
JCU team discovers a piece of Australia under Vanuatu   
OceansWatch hard at work in the Solomon Islands   
Do you have the proper fire extinguisher onboard?   
This low cost 'line saver' could save your yacht!   
CYCA hosts Marine Safety Equipment and Demonstration Day   
sMRT Inflatable SOS Dan Buoy selected by judges for METS Dame Awards   
Coral-Current Connections   
Three Australian companies amongst METS Dame award nominees   
Caribbean 1500 - German Bier, trick-or-treat and safety checks   
Oceans of Hope - A Sailing Sclerosis Project   
The very useful skill of buoy hopping   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru SH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT