Father and six-year-old turn up in Australia after four weeks at sea
An international search has been called off after a father and his six-year-old daughter turned up in Australia four weeks after leaving New Zealand. Alan Langdon and daughter Que set sail on a 6.4 metre catamaran from New Zealand’s North Island on 17 December. The pair were reportedly heading to the Bay of Islands, in the Far North District of North Island, but landed four weeks later in Ulladulla Harbour, New South Wales, more than 1,240 miles away. After bad weather destroyed one of the catamaran’s rudders just four days into their journey, Mr Langdon said they were left to steer with a single rudder and forced to change course. With no radio or satellite on board, and only a handheld GPS to show their location, he said they were unable to make contact with the outside world as they sailed across the Tasman Sea. “We were getting pushed south and out, and I didn’t realise that sailing with one rudder was going to be as difficult as it was,” Mr Langdon said. The 46-year-old, an Australian citizen, is reportedly in the middle of a custody dispute with Que’s mother Ariane Wyler, who hired an Australian child recovery specialist to help find her daughter. It is claimed to be the second time she has hired the private detective to track down the little girl, who lives with her father. Mr Langdon said he was surprised at the interest in their journey following a massive search and rescue operation, and insists they were never in danger. He said of his daughter Que: “She spends lots of the time at sea. I don’t see her being in any danger. We were never in danger.” Reporting that they had plenty of water and dry and tinned supplies, he told the Milton Ulladulla Times they had “plenty of food and saw lots of whales”.