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YACHTS ON IS­LAND RUN

- nav­nesh.reddy@fi­jitimes.com.fj By NAV­NESH REDDY Disasters · Jonathan Robinson

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”.

 ?? Pic­ture: REINAL CHAND ?? Switzer­land Yacht Olena Cap­tain Stephane Chap­puis and his fam­ily de­parted Port De­na­rau with relief sup­plies yes­ter­day.
Pic­ture: REINAL CHAND Switzer­land Yacht Olena Cap­tain Stephane Chap­puis and his fam­ily de­parted Port De­na­rau with relief sup­plies yes­ter­day.
 ?? Pic­ture: REINAL CHAND ?? The Olena de­parts De­na­rau Port to of­fer relief as­sis­tance to those af­fected by Cy­clone Yasa.
Pic­ture: REINAL CHAND The Olena de­parts De­na­rau Port to of­fer relief as­sis­tance to those af­fected by Cy­clone Yasa.
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