5 Jul 2002

New Zealand yachties cared for by New Caledonians on Lifou Island

11:06 am on 5 July 2002

A New Zealand family is being looked after by locals on the remote New Caledonian island of Lifou after their trimaran ran aground last week.

The yacht, Afternoon Delight, was on route from Port Vila to Australia when it got caught in strong westerly winds after experiencing problems with its propeller.

It was carrying four members of the Edmonds family , including 76 year old Peter Edmonds.

A New Zealand consular official in Noumea, Mary Jo St Pierre, says Peter Edmonds has since flown to Australia, but the skipper Mark Edmonds, and his wife Barbara and son Shane have been cared for by villagers on Lifou for the past week.

"They are still there, at present living in a small village near where the boat was wrecked on the beach. The boat got cut into pieces and equipment failed. So there is no boat. It is all gone."

Mary Jo St Pierre