sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released
Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released

'In this undated photo provided by Maritime New Zealand, the yacht Nina is tied at dock at a unidentified location.'    Maritime New Zealand

US based Satellite telephone company Iridium Communications failed to give New Zealand rescuers details of a dramatic final message from a missing yacht Nina until the US State Department intervened, a detailed review of the search effort has revealed.

The report, released this week into the search for the vintage American yacht Nina, which disappeared in the Tasman Sea in June 2013 with six Americans and one Britsh sailor aboard, said the entire dynamic of the rescue operation would have changed had the message been delivered earlier.

The critically important message was a text sent on a satellite phone by crew member Evi Nemeth to NZ meteorologist Bob McDavitt on June 4 revealing Nina had shredded her storm sails after being caught in a strom force winds.

An extract from the report, shows just what could have been.

McDavitt is a well-known and respected meteorologist who retired in 2012 from the NZ Met office where he had responsibility for marine and aviation weather forecasting. Now as a consultant he provides services to cruising yachts, providing weather forecasts and voyage forecasts. (www.metbob.com.)

On Monday 3rd at 1500 June that Evi Nemeth called Bob McDavitt indicating that they were experiencing some rough weather and requested a weather forecast and best passage advice.

Evi Nemeth and Bob McDavitt made a number of text and email exchanges through Monday 3rd and and Tuesday 4

The critical messages are detailed below.

0930 – Tuesday 4th June
text message via satphone Evi Nemeth to Bob McDavitt:-
Any weather for Nina – S33 54 E165 18

1125 – Tuesday 4th June

Bob McDavitt replies:- Stay hove-to until around 6pm Wednesday. SW wind peak at 45 to 60 kts was
around 6am today. Peak swell 8 significant around 9pm tonight

1150 – Tuesday 4th June – Evi Nemeth replies to Bob McDavitt and or possibly
others:-

Thanks storm sails shredded last night, now bare poles. Going 4kts 310 deg.
Will update course info at 6pm.

THIS 1150 MESSAGE WAS NEVER DELIVERED TO BOB McDAVITT AND OR OTHERS. IT REMAINED IN THE IRIDIUM SYSTEM UNTILL FINALLY RELEASED BY IRIDIUM TO RCCNZ ON WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY

The Search and Resuce authorities the Australia-bound yacht was merely running late due to rough weather as Iridium did not pass on the text revealing it was in trouble, despite a June 15 request from RCCNZ for all relevant data regarding the Nina, the review said.

As concerns about the yacht mounted, the operation moved into 'distress phase' on June 27, meaning aerial searches were stepped up amid grave fears for the lives of the Nina's crew.

But the review, written by former Australian maritime rescue chief David Baird, said Iridium still did not pass on the message until July 3, after the RCCNZ asked US authorities for help in dealing with the Iridium, a US based company.

'Even if this message had remained undelivered but its contents provided to RCCNZ when they first contacted Iridium on 15th June, then the whole dynamic of the search would have started at another level and the distress phase would have been declared much earlier,' it said.

Nina - satellite image -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

No trace of the Nina has ever been found, despite a search that Baird found was thorough and professionally conducted.

'It is my firm view as the reviewer that this unfortunate result cannot not be attributed to any lack of action, commitment or effort by (New Zealand rescuers),' he said.

He called for better information sharing from satellite phone operators in search and rescue operations.

In what many observers would see as a statement, which has world wide search and resuce impications, Baird writes.

'RCCNZ needs to engage with Iridium and other service providers to explore ways in which information on communications can be provided without having to resort to engaging police and other authorities such as the (US) State Department,'

Nina. -    



by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team


  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=124575

7:36 AM Thu 17 Jul 2014GMT


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


Related News Stories:

25 Jan 2014  Safety authorities refuse further help to locate missing schooner Nina
25 Jan 2014  Downunder Safety authorities refuse help to find missing schooner Nina
10 Dec 2013  Six months later, missing schooner Nina's families just won't give up
27 Nov 2013  Satellite imaging for search and rescue - coming of age
15 Oct 2013  New thread of hope - is this a photo of drifting Nina?
05 Jul 2013  Update: Nina's new text message gives hope but search abandoned
05 Jul 2013  Nina's new text message gives hope that crew are alive
05 Jul 2013  Missing text message reveals ripped storm sails in Nina search
02 Jul 2013  Family plead for missing schooner search to continue
30 Jun 2013  Missing schooner Nina presumed sunk
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   


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 US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT