Independent review finds Kiwi search for Nina went “well beyond” requirements

NZ Herald July 17:

An independent review of the search for the missing schooner Nina has found the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand went beyond what many overseas authorities would have done.

Nina and its seven crew members left the Bay of Islands on May 29, 2013 bound for Newcastle but was last heard from on June 4, 2013 when the vessel was about 370 nautical miles northwest of Cape Reinga.

Records showed that conditions at the Nina's last known position were very rough.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) co-ordinated nine searches for the schooner and its life-raft in June and July 2013.

The search covered 737,000 square nautical miles, including around Lord Howe and Norfolk Island. Shoreline searches were also carried out on the west coast of New Zealand.

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