A search and recovery operation has ended after a coastal search of inhabited and uninhabited islands in the south west of Vava’u, failed to locate two Australian sailors who remain remain missing after their yacht Navillus was wrecked off Late Island two weeks ago, the Tonga Police said today.
The Tonga Police today ended a search and rescue phase for two Australian sailors who remain missing after their yacht Navillus was wrecked off Late Island last week, but a further search and recovery investigation will be made along neighbouring coastal areas.
After a difficult landing on Late Island yesterday, a nine man Tongan search party is returning home this afternoon after conducting a land search for two Australian sailors who remain missing after their yacht Navillus was wrecked off the island on Thursday night last week.
Heavy swells and uncertainties over fuel has kept search vessels in port today, but a search for two missing sailors in Vava’u is expected to resume tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos by Bonny Stansel.
I am the partner of one of the missing sailors. I want anyone concerned with the search to know that the cost of fuel for the search must not be an impediment to the search continuing. I will raise the money to pay, I pledge that sincerely. I want my beloved to come home. I am beside myself with grief and fear of losing him. - Sue Love
While a search for two missing yachtsmen has stalled in Vava’u, Tonga, today, Sunday, searchers still held out a glimmer of hope that the men may have reached the rugged coastline of the uninhabited Late Island where their yacht “Navillus” was reportedly “shredded” after becoming grounded on Thursday night.
Debris with the name of a missing yacht was found in Tongan waters this morning according to marine-radio reports coming from boats searching waters around Late, a small isolated volcanic island, south west of Vava’u, Tonga.