Thursday, December 06, 2007
Concern is growing for the wellbeing of nine people on an overdue sailing ship which was due to arrive in New Zealand from Port Villa five days ago. Maritime NZ has been trying to reach the 90ft Schooner Alvei for several days but has had no response over the airwaves.
AlveiAn alert has now been put out and Maritime is seeking help from Australian and New Caledonian authorities in locating the missing vessel, which provides young people with an on board learning experience. The nationalities of the people on board include Americans, Australians, English and a New Zealander. Further information is expected to be released later in the day.