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Missing yachtie and daughter found by Coast expert

Alan Langdon and his daughter Que are alive and well in NSW.
Alan Langdon and his daughter Que are alive and well in NSW. News Corp Australia

A YACHTSMAN who went missing from New Zealand with his six-year-old daughter in December has told how the pair saw "plenty of whales" while international searches for the pair were underway.

Alan Langdon, 46, and his daughter Que were located in Australia this week, almost a month after they were last seen on December 17.

Mr Langdon was in the middle of a custody dispute with his former wife, Que's mother Ariane Wyler, when they disappeared, prompting widespread searches of the New Zealand coast.

Interpol also became involved after it was revealed Mr Langdon might head for Australia, where he previously lived and is a citizen.

The pair landed at Ulladulla on the New South Wales coast earlier this week, New Zealand Police and Sunshine Coast child recovery expert Col Chapman announced on Wednesday.
 

Que Langdon
Que Langdon

Mr Langdon told local newspaper the Milton and Ulladulla Times that he and Que were looking forward to much needed rest after the trip, for most of which they were left with just one rudder after the other broke.

"I tell you I learnt a lot about sailing," he said.

"Yes we are safe and well. We were always safe, we just couldn't let anyone know."

He described his daughter as happy and revealed they saw lots of whales on their trip.

Photos of Mr Langdon's boat show bags, including a child's backpack, as well as packets of food, large plastic containers of water, a boogie board and several orange buckets.

Mr Langdon said he had not been able to contact Que's mother but was "sure" the authorities had done so.

Chapman, who was hired by Ms Wyler to find Que, said the girl's mother was over the moon to hear the pair had been found.

"We found him, we got him. It's really good news on all fronts," Chapman said from Australia.

"They landed in our predicted target area within the time frame. I don't want to be alI 'I told you so' but ... they sailed straight there."

Ms Wyler separated from Mr Langdon last year and has been involved in a long-running dispute to see their daughter.

It's believed Mr Langdon and Que had been in Australia for around two days before authorities were notified by a member of the public who had seen posters Mr Chapman's agency had put up.

Mr Langdon is understood to be co-operating with Australian authorities but not clear if he will face any charges.

Que does not have a passport and the pair did not enter the country legally.

Police in New Zealand told The New Zealand Herald they would assess all the information about the Langdons' reappearance and the background before deciding their next steps.

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