General Freak Wave Possibly Caused Tragedy

*Kimmy*_old

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14/05/2006
NewstalkZB

National Rescue Co-ordination centre has taken control of the search for six people missing in the freezing waters of Foveaux Strait for more than 12 hours now.

It is thought a freak wave could have swamped their fishing boat causing the tragedy.

It is reported that two children and a woman are among the missing, and they could all be from one local family.

The boat is believed to be local fishing vessel Kotuku, skippered by veteran trawlerman John Edminstin.

His cousin David Edminstin told the Sunday Star Times he heard a freak wave got them.

Search conditions overnight were extremely tough with officials saying the chance of surviving very long in the freezing waters were slim.

A large number of local boats have been out helping.

Newstalk ZB understands three men had been rescued by about nine last night with at least one of them alive and taken to Southland Hospital.

It is not known what condition the other two were in, if indeed they survived.
 

AliN_old

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3 generations of one family affected, not vey nice.
My thoughts go out to all affected, and to the rescuers still trying to find the remaining three who are missibg.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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The guy who's funeral is tomorrow, my dad and some people from his work are going to the funeral....

This is soo sad, 6 people dead :(:(

My condolences to their family..
 

ozbash_old

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very easy to lay the blame on a 'freak wave'.
The Kotuku was a 50ft vessel which, if bow on, would ride any wave the strait threw at them.

They must have got side on somehow and the unsecured load on the deck shifted.

very sad that 6 people had to die.
 

da mad maori

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Sad.
Dont know enough about boats or why they werent wearing life jackets. 50 footer dont sound that big.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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da mad maori said:
Sad.
Dont know enough about boats or why they werent wearing life jackets. 50 footer dont sound that big.
There wasnt enough time to get them on :(
There wasnt even enough time for light the beacons or call mayday on the radio :(
 

ozbash_old

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it was a commercial boat and fishermen dont wear life jackets. the kids shouldve.

we came down the west coast from reianga to bluff once, taking the boat back down for oystering. on the bottom of the sth island is a bit called puysegour point and its unreal. you go from the huge southern ocean swells to the tidal foveaux strait and if the winds going one way and the tide another you realise the power mother nature has in her grasp.

when she gets angry is another story.

those mutton birders have sea water in their blood, something happened that we havnt heard about yet.
 

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