A New Zealand man and his daughter were discovered after being lost at sea for weeks.
Alan Langdon, 46, and his daughter Que spent 27 days on the Tasman Sea, the body of water between New Zealand and Australia, in a 21-foot catamaran boat with a broken rudder, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The pair planned for a short sail from Kawhia to Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s east coast, but found themselves adrift after a storm damaged one of the boat’s rudders.
“Once we were in a position with no rudder, we didn’t have as many options,” Langdon told reporters. “I waited for the fine weather, that didn’t come. At that stage we were getting pushed south and out.” Langdon and his daughter docked in the port of Ulladulla, a fishing port 142 miles from Sydney.
He and his daughter going missing is arguably one of the last things Langdon probably wanted (for more reasons than a general aversion to being lost at sea), as he is reportedly in the midst of a custody dispute with Que’s mother, Ariane Wyler. Wyler allegedly hired a child recovery specialist to search for the pair. Wyler was apparently always confident in Langdon’s sailing abilities, telling reporters she never thought anything happened to her daughter, the Herald reports.
It wasn’t a total loss, however, as Langdon says he and his daughter “saw a lot of whales.” The pair apparently had more than enough food.
Langdon will spend a few days in Ulladulla repairing his boat, before sailing to Port Kembla to be processed by Australian customs.
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