The owner of the ill-fated Greymouth fishing vessel The
Governor, which sank off Milford Sound claiming the lives of
its captain and crewman, is resigned to never knowing the
cause of the disaster.
Skipper Kevin Cosgrove, 60, of Dobson, and crew member
Nirvana Reynolds, 16, of Blackball, were reported missing
when it was realised the boat had disappeared while trawling
in Fiordland on September 15.
As Mr Cosgrove failed to make a mayday call or activate an
emergency beacon, his friends in the fishing industry were
convinced he had been on deck when the boat flipped, throwing
both men into the water.
However, there was a slim hope the bodies might still be
trapped inside the vessel. Those hopes were dashed early this
week when police and navy divers explored and filmed the
wreckage but found no trace of the men.
The wreckage was initially discovered by a remote underwater
vessel equipped with a camera, about 2.5km from Yates Point,
but undercurrents had shifted the vessel about 200m south
when the dive squads again located it this week.
Consistently bad weather delayed diving to the wreck for six
weeks but this week's dive was carried out in clear
conditions and divers were able to use camera equipment that
provided good views of the inside and outside of the sunken
Owner John Brown said the second visit to the wreck had shed
no more light on what had happened to the boat.
"They said that its condition had changed and it was starting
to break up so we will never know what happened ... it will
be a mystery forever."
The search has now officially been called off.
Mr Brown said he was grateful to the police for out-waiting
the elements until they could get down to the boat.
"It gives everybody, the families and friends in the fishing
industry closure. We know for sure that there's nothing down
there now, so we can let go."
- By Tui Bromley of the Greymouth Star