Divers fail in search for missing crew

The search has officially been called off for the two fishermen deemed missing in Fiordland in September after navy divers were unable to locate the men's bodies this week.

Navy and police divers completed a dive at the wreckage site of The Governor on Tuesday and could not locate the bodies of skipper Kevin Cosgrove (60) or crew member Nirvana Reynolds (16).

Cousin and spokeswoman for the family of Mr Cosgrove, Cathy Culling, said yesterday his family had come to terms with their loss and were resigned to the fact they would not recover him from the sea.

The search was inconclusive and had been affected by the rough weather at the wreckage site 2.5km, offshore from Yates Point north of the Milford Sound mouth.

The vessel ran in to trouble on September 15 and divers have been hindered since because of high winds and rough weather.

Mrs Culling said she was satisfied with the police and search and rescue team efforts and realised it was out of their hands.

"The man above has not been good to us.

"They couldn't go down because of the weather and we understand that. It's been a long process, but we realise it's the weather and there is nothing you can do."

The police had kept both families fully informed throughout the search, she said.

A memorial service for Mr Cosgrove is yet to be confirmed.

Mr Reynolds' family could not be contacted yesterday.

Tuesday's dive was carried out in clear conditions and divers were able to take footage using camera equipment to provide views both inside and outside the vessel.

The sea had shifted the vessel about 200m south from its original resting place.

No further dives are scheduled for the recovery and the matter has been referred to the coroner.



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