At least three people have been confirmed dead and two are missing after a boat carrying 10 people sank off the coast of New Zealand in stormy weather, police say.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – At least three people have been confirmed dead and two missing after a boat carrying 10 people sank off the coast of New Zealand in stormy weather, police said Monday.
Five people were rescued Sunday night after the boat capsized off the North Coast off the North Cape and set a distress signal, triggering a major search and rescue operation.
A police statement said the two bodies were located in the water and were recovered by helicopter Monday morning.
A third body was recovered by a search ship, police said.
“A search of the sky, land and water is underway to find the two missing persons,” the statement said.
The five rescued have been admitted to Kaitiya Hospital in stable condition.
An emergency beacon was activated at 8pm local time, said Nick Bert, a spokesman for Maritime NZ, which is leading the search. A helicopter became the first search and rescue vehicle to reach a remote location at 11:40 pm, Bert told NZME Media Company.
Bert said he did not know if the captain had been rescued, but police were interviewing survivors.