The fishing vessel Jubilee sunk near the Canterbury Coast amidst a severe weather. The ship was able to send its last distress signal on Sunday morning, Oct 18 but the life raft the authorities found was empty. It has been presumed that the three crews: Jared Reese Husband, 47; Paul Russell Bennett, 35; and Terry Donald Booth, 55, drowned.
An ROV was mobilized to conduct initial underwater survey of the wreck and discovered what is believed to be the corpse of one of the ship’s crews.
The search and rescue operation is currently ongoing to retrieve the bodies. The SAR team on board HMNZS MANAWANUI consists of divers from the NZ Police Dive Squad and Royal New Zealand Navy’s Operational Diving Team.
Prior to entering the wreck site, the dive team performed several build-up dives to prepare themselves for recovery operations. The vessel left for Canterbury Coast this Monday morning to take the dive team to the last known position of the FV Jubilee however, updates will only be posted around 9:30 am tomorrow because of the remote site of the wreckage.
“The diving support vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI left Akaroa for the wreck of the FV Jubilee this morning with 24 crew, nine ODT members and two members of the NZ Police Dive Squad on board. The intention is for members of the ODT to conduct a search inside the wreck, which is located at a depth of around 40m, and recover what is believed to be the body of a man seen during yesterday’s underwater search,” said Sergeant Phil Simmonds.