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Plan to lift sunken Jubilee hits hitch

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/04/2016

A plan to salvage a sunken fishing boat off the Canterbury coast has hit a snag over the weekend.

Large swells damaged three of the inflatable devices being used to lift the Jubilee from its 45m-deep resting place, causing crews to call off the operation for now.

Two vessels, the Island Leader 11 and the MV Korua, have since Saturday been trying to raise the vessel.

The boat was being lifted off the sea bed when a swell caused the boat to move, and damaged three of the airbags raising it, a Transport Accident Investigation Commission spokesman said.

"An unwelcome swell had also begun building before a southerly weather change."

TAIC must now order new airbags from Britain, which could take more than week, before finding another weather window for the operation.

"The salvor says they will then return to the site when the weather and sea conditions are right," TAIC said.

The 90-tonne ship is sitting 22km off the coast and the plan is to tow it to Lyttelton.

The three FV Jubilee crew members Jared Reese Husband, 47, Paul Russell Bennett, 35, and Terry Donald Booth, 55, died when the ship sank in October.

Their bodies have been recovered.

TAIC is lifting the vessel in a bid to understand why it sank.

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