12 Sep 2013

Niue temporary home to Norwegian sailors following wreck

3:58 pm on 12 September 2013

Eight Norwegian sailors are stranded on Niue waiting on an insurance assessment after their 14 metre fibreglass catamaran broke its mooring and smashed into the reef at Alofi.

The Blue Marble is now out of the water and not sailable without extensive repairs.

The Niue police chief Tony Kose says the Norwegians, who had sailed extensively around the Pacific, are being well looked after by locals.

He says the vessel is not completely wrecked.

"But it has severe damages to it where it wouldn't be able to sail from here to another country and [they] could get it repaired. But it did go to ground, it did end up on the reef and then the operation took place where it was towed off the reef and is now up on dry land."