March 16th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

4 dead, 4 missing after fishing boat sinks off New Zealand

Four people have died and four others remain missing from a fishing boat that sunk near the southern tip of New Zealand after being hit by a "rogue wave," the police said Friday.

Rescuers found one survivor on Thursday from among the nine people who were on board Easy Rider, the 40-foot fishing vessel that sunk in the seas off sparsely populated Stewart Island, which is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the New Zealand mainland.

Easy Rider is believed to have gone down in the early hours of Thursday morning but was not reported missing until after 2 p.m. that afternoon, said Inspector Lane Todd, the area commander for the New Zealand police.


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soundoff (3 Responses)

    This seems to be happening a lot lately. Happened off the U.S. west coast recently, fishing boat capsized, all hands lost at sea.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phildo

    My sincere heartfelt sorrows pour out for the families and friends who have lost loved ones to this tragic event. I had a friend who was on a boat once. God bless.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Father McMurphy

    And a pint laddy! How old ya be?

    March 16, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |