Riverton Coastguard retrieves life boat

03:05, Dec 10 2012
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Riverton coastguard spokesman Noel Anderson with one of the ropes that snapped while towing a life raft into Riverton harbour. It was found afloat 35km west of Riverton this morning.

A large and empty life boat, understood to have come off a bulk shipping carrier from Greece, was found floating in Foveaux Strait today.

Riverton Coastguard spokesman Noel Anderson said the fibreglass life boat was about 10m long.

A Bluff fishermen saw it floating unmanned in Foveaux Strait this morning and contacted authorities, with the Riverton Coastguard dispatched to the scene, about 35km west of Riverton, at 9am.

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The life raft found in Foveaux Strait today.

The coastguard located the life boat and is now towing it bacck to Riverton.

The name on the life boat is Anangel-happiness.

An internet search reveals the Anangel-happiness is an 89,000 tonne Greek Bulk carrie whose last position was the Indian Ocean.

It is unknown if the lifeboat fell off the shipping carrier and when.

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