The Fiji Times
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YACHTS ON ISLAND RUN
THREE Sea Mercy disaster response vessels left for Yadua Island yesterday to assist the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in its STC Yasa emergency response.
“These three boats took clean water and hygiene kits along with them to provide immediate assistance to those that are affected,” said Sea Mercy fleet co-ordinator Jonathan Robinson
Mr Robinson said more sea mercy yachts were on standby and would await information from yachts that left yesterday to further analyse how best they could offer more assistance.
“Obviously these yachties are trained people and they know their vessels extremely well as they have sailed halfway around the globe,” he said.
He said each vessel had its own desalination unit on board and they also carried small portable desalination units as well.
“These services, are in urgent need, the need for clean water and we can take this to the remote island villages.
“Our role is to stand in the gap for the smaller communities and provide assistance as soon as possible.”
Mr Robinson said he was calling on all the yachties that were available to provide assistance to those that were affected by STC Yasa, through their yachts and skills.
One of the yachts that left Port Denarau Marina yesterday is Olena. Owner Stephane Chappuis said “all we want to do is to help them get back to their own feet”.