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New Zealand father and daughter found in Australia after a month at sea

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:16

A New Zealand man and his six-year old daughter missing at sea for more than a month have landed in Australia. Samantha Vadas reports.

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A tiny catamaran with a broken rudder - not ideal for setting out across the treacherous Tasman Sea. But for Alan Langdon and his daughter Que there was no choice. Caught in a storm off the coast of New Zealand they spent 27 days at sea before landing on the east coast of Australia - some 1200 miles from home. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND MAN ALAN LANGDON SAYING: "We were in a position with no rudder, we didn't have as many options. We waited for the weather, like I said, I waited for the fine weather and that didn't come and I didn't realize that sailing with one rudder was going to be as difficult as it was, (it) was interesting, challenging." The father-daughter crew had planned a brief trip around the top of New Zealand's North Island for Christmas. But their adventure soon went a long way off course. The boat docking in a seaside town south of Sydney on Wednesday (January 11) to the surprise of locals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, CHRISTINE DAVIDSON SAYING: "I could tell that they'd been at sea for quite a while. They were quite wobbly on the land and I can understand that when you've been on a boat for a long time." An international search for the unfortunate Kiwis has now been called off. The final leg of their journey - a trip to Australian customs for processing.

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New Zealand father and daughter found in Australia after a month at sea

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:16