Australien — Defence to support Sunderland rescue

The Aus­tralian Defence Force has for­ward deployed two Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force AP-3C Ori­on Mar­itime Patrol Air­craft to Cocos Island to pro­vide sup­port if required to the recov­ery of the strick­en yachtswoman Abby Sun­der­land whose yacht is adrift mid­way between Aus­tralia and Africa in the South­ern Ocean.

If need­ed, one of the AP-3C Ori­on will fly to Mau­ri­tius to refu­el and will then fly south and pro­vide coor­di­nat­ing sup­port for civil­ian ships that have respond­ed to the yachtswoman’s emer­gency bea­cons.

Despite the fact that Abby Sun­der­land has been found, the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force has con­tin­ued to deploy its AP-3C as a con­tin­gency. If required, the air­craft will also be able to drop emer­gency sup­plies to the yachtswoman.

This sup­port is being pro­vid­ed at the request of the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safe­ty Author­i­ty.

Media con­tact: Defence Media Liai­son: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia