Two men recovered from the FV Jubilee

Two men recovered from the FV Jubilee

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Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy Operational Dive Team enter the water at the site of the sunken FV Jubilee
  • Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy Operational Dive Team enter the water at the site of the sunken FV Jubilee
  • The Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI at the site of the sunken FV Jubilee
  • Members of the Royal New Zealand Navy Operational Dive Team prepare to enter the water at the site of the sunken FV Jubilee
  • Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy Operational Dive Team enter the water at the site of the sunken FV Jubilee
  • Members of the diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI performing a ‘Piping of the Side’ as a mark of respect
  • Members of the diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI performing a ‘Piping of the Side’ as a mark of respect
Canterbury

Sergeant Phil Simmonds says the Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving support vessel, the HMNZS MANAWANUI, returned to Akaroa late last night after a day spent searching part of the wreck of the FV Jubilee. 

“Members of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Operational Diving Team (ODT) entered the wreck yesterday and recovered the bodies of two men.  Formal identification has yet to be completed but Police believe that they are those of two of the crewmen understood to have been on board at the time the FV Jubilee sank.  Police will not speculate on the specific identities of the men recovered by the ODT yesterday.”

The deaths have been referred to the Coroner.

“Police are in close contact with the families of the missing crew who are understandably very upset.  Until formal identification has been completed Police ask that the media and public respect their privacy.”

Members of the diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI performed a ‘Piping of the Side’ as a mark of respect when the men were recovered (photo supplied).

“The safety of those involved in the recovery phase is paramount.  As the wreck of the FV Jubilee is located in 40m of water the ODT could only conduct a fixed number of dives yesterday.  Unfortunately the weather has deteriorated overnight and no diving will take place today.  However weather permitting the intention is for the HMNZS MANAWANUI to return to site tomorrow to complete the search of the wreck of the FV Jubilee” explained Sergeant Simmonds.

“Canterbury Police would like to thank the Royal New Zealand Navy for their ongoing assistance during SAR recovery phase the focus of which, if possible, is to locate and return the missing men to their families.”

The Police investigation is ongoing and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) are continuing their inquiries into the sinking of the FV Jubilee.

The next media update is not likely to occur until Wednesday morning at the earliest.

Media note:  An audio file of Sergeant Simmonds verbalising this release is available by texting the Canterbury District Communications Manager on 021 942 404.  If you require an on-camera comment please text 021 942 404 and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.  Unfortunately due to ongoing operational commitments Sergeant Simmonds is not available for any other interviews today.

Credit and captions for photographs:  Media please credit all images included in this release to New Zealand Defence Force Public Affairs Rod Mackenzie.

File Name Summary Description/Caption
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0011.jpg Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Operational Dive Team (ODT) enter the water at the site of the sunken Fishing Vessel (FV) JUBILEE.
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0012.jpg The Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI at the site of the sunken Fishing Vessel (FV) JUBILEE.
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0016.jpg Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Operational Dive Team (ODT) enter the water at the site of the sunken Fishing Vessel (FV) JUBILEE.
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0020.jpg Navy divers from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Operational Dive Team (ODT) enter the water at the site of the sunken Fishing Vessel (FV) JUBILEE.
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0022.jpg Members of the diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI performing a ‘Piping of the Side’ as a mark of respect when the men were recovered
20151026_AK_Q1032139_0027.jpg Members of the diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI performing a ‘Piping of the Side’ as a mark of respect when the men were recovered

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Issued by:  Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police