Inquiry to begin into yacht's disappearance

  • 04/11/2015

The yacht was last seen when it left Bluff on April 16, carrying German tourists Lea Tietz and Veronika Steudler, both aged 19, and New Zealand-based German citizen Andre Kinzler, 33.

A life raft and other debris washed up on Stewart Island a month after its disappearance, but the yacht and its occupants were never found.

The boat was headed for Preservation Inlet at the southwest of the South Island. Ms Tietz and Ms Steudler, from the Gorlitz district in Germany, were in New Zealand on a gap year, while Mr Kinzler had been living in New Zealand for about four years and was working on a dairy farm.