The Australian yacht that moored in Alofi Bay has left Niue this morning.
The Niue Police and the National Disaster Management Council stated the yacht had major mechanical issues that could have posed a serious threat and risk to the life of the skipper on board.
Telecom was able to locate the proximity of the yacht with a piece of specialized equipment. The skipper was then able to conduct much-needed repairs to the yacht and safely continue his voyage.
Niue Police conducted a criminal history investigation into the yacht and the skipper.
“We were able to determine its last port of call was Tahiti, French Polynesia on the 7th of July. There is no known or suspected criminal activity or history related to the yacht or its skipper,” said Chief Of Police Timothy Wilson
The yacht was en route to Australia from French Polynesia when it developed mechanical problems.
Wilson stated the skipper of the yacht, an Australian citizen, requested permission to moor so he could undertake repairs to his engines and, once completed, continue on with his voyage to Australia. He was granted temporary permission to moor his yacht and conduct his repairs for humanitarian reasons.
The skipper was told to quarantine on his yacht and was not permitted to come ashore.
The yacht moored at Alofi Bay yesterday morning which concerned locals who also took to social media engaging in robust discussions.