Police dive-search for Governor hinges on weather

17:00, Sep 21 2012

The decision on whether the police dive squad will search the wreckage of a boat believed to be the Governor still depends on the weather.

Western Southland sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley said yesterday the dive squad would be brought in to Fiordland to search the wreckage, believed to be the trawler that went missing after its net became snagged near Yates Point a week ago.

On board were former Bluff man Kevin Cosgrove, 60, and his sole crewman, Nirvana Drew Reynolds, 16. Both were based on the West Coast.

"It's all weather-dependent at the moment but our plan is the dive squad will be travelling out [today] to Milford and hopefully on Sunday they'll be able to have a look . . . But it's just wait and see, and hopefully the weather and the tides are right," she said.

The wreckage was resting about 50m below water on the sea bed.

Because of the depth, members of the dive squad would not be able to dive at the site but would use sonar and a Remote Observation Vehicle (ROV) to search the wreckage and its surrounds, she said.

The search would be made to confirm the wreckage was that of the Governor and to search for the missing crew, she said.

It was not known whether the pair were wearing life-jackets when the boat came to grief, and the seas at the time would have been challenging even for a strong swimmer, she said.



The Southland Times