Story: Search and rescue

The Rose Noelle inquiry

In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle and its crew of four washed up on Great Barrier Island after four months adrift. As this clip shows, questions were asked about the effectiveness of Class III search and rescue operations. The vessel’s emergency beacon signals had not been picked up by searching aircraft because the search area was so wide. In response, a station was set up in Lower Hutt to pick up signals via satellite.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Search and rescue - New Zealand search and rescue organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/13198/the-rose-noelle-inquiry (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007