Horror night prompts distress call

TRANS Tasman rower Shaun Quincey issued a distress signal Wednesday after a horror evening in which his kayak was flipped twice by heavy seas.

TracPlus and the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) contacted Shaun’s support crew to notify them of the distress call.

The support crew got in touch with Shaun around 10pm NZ time.

It appears Shaun was knocked around quite severely at the time the distress signal was activated.

While it was a very serious situation, Shaun reported he is physically and mentally okay.

He remained tethered to the boat throughout the ordeal.

The harness may have on this occasion prevented Shaun from being separated from the boat almost 1000km from land.

Shaun has since been in contact with the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre to discuss the situation and possible options as the boat’s water ballast, oars and other equipment may have been lost.

Late yesterday he notified his support crew that he was back rowing and had dealt with all boat issues.

He said he was “fairly positive” but also trying to “get his head around” the past 12 hours.



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