New Zealand Boat Disaster Identified Involving Whale Victims

Three of the people who died when their boat capsized in New Zealand on Saturday – possibly after hitting a whale – have been identified by heartbroken relatives and friends.

Eleven passengers were aboard a 28-foot charter boat they rented for a birding expedition when it overturned in Goose Bay, near the South Island town of Kaikōura.

Emergency teams rescued six people on board while five did not survive. The remains of all five were recovered from inside the ship.

A helicopter and lifeboat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.
A helicopter and lifeboat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.
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The group consisted of members of the Nature Photography Society of New Zealand, who had chartered the ship for three hours to take photos of birds.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims, but family and friends have begun identifying them and paying tribute to them in the media.

The first to be identified are Susan Cade, Cathye Haddock and Peter Charles Hockley, according to the Guardian.

Cade and Haddock were longtime friends.

Cade was identified by former Wellington Mayor Celcia Wade-Brown as one of the victims she had known for approximately 10 years through the Wellington Sea Kayaking Network.

Haddock was pronounced dead by her husband, Peter Simpson.

“She’s been very social and good, I could blame her for having too many friends if there’s such a thing,” Simpson told the AM show on Monday morning.

“She just had time for everyone and managed to integrate everyone into her world. I just don’t know how she did it.”

Hockley was identified among the dead by his daughter, who asked to remain anonymous.

Peter Hockley was identified by his daughter as one of the victims as authorities have not released the victims' names.
Peter Hockley was identified by his daughter as one of the victims as authorities have not released the victims’ names.

She said he was a “great dad” and a kind hearted man who loved photography.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is investigating the tragic boat accident, which happened when the water was calm.

Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle told national broadcaster RNZ he believed the boat capsized when a whale came up for air underneath.

The boat was believed to have capsized because a whale was taking a breath beneath it.
The boat was believed to have capsized because a whale was taking a breath beneath it.
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“We have an overturned boat that was overturned by a whale, which we can understand coming up from below,” he said.

Kaikōura is a popular whale watching destination with large numbers of whales visiting its waters.

The Traffic Accident Investigation Commission is asking for witnesses to come forward to share some details about the incident.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/14/new-zealand-boat-crash-involving-whale-victims-identified/ New Zealand Boat Disaster Identified Involving Whale Victims

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