January 24, 2012 Leave a Comment
The 18 meter long fishing vessel Rebecca May sank in the Bay of Plenty off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand. The vessel was heading to tuna fishing grounds when the vessel began to take on water quickly. The three crew on board abandoned ship to the life raft. The RCCNZ, Rescue Coordination Center New Zealand, received a beacon signal and dispatched aircraft to the area. The fishing vessel Lady Columbo was nearby and rescued all three crew from the Rebecca May. No reports of injuries. Maritime New Zealand reported that there was large amount of debris where the fishing vessel sank. The cause of the sinking was not known and authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.