13 Sep 2017

Niueans trained to sail new SAR vessel

9:35 am on 13 September 2017

Coastguard New Zealand is training three Niueans in search and rescue techniques this week in Rangiora near Christchurch.

The training will equip the crew with the skills to operate a new $US266 thousand dollar Search and Rescue vessel.

08092016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. New Zealand Maritime Police boat.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The boat has been built in Rangiora as part of the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme, a joint initiative between Maritime New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Niue crew are in the country until 16th September and will start their duties once the new vessel is officially handed over to the Niue government on October 18.

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