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Missing Kiwi Yachties Found Alive And Well

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Missing Kiwi Yachties Found Alive And Well

By Amelia Langford of NZPA

The mother of one of three New Zealand men who had not been heard from since Indonesia was struck by a tsunami, says the trio are probably wondering what all the fuss was about now that they are back in touch.

David Machin, 24, Ben Gavin-Young, 23, and Ryan Irissarri, 24, all from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, had not made contact since the 7.7 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the area on October 25, when they were believed to be heading to the Mentawai Islands on their yacht the Fat Cat.

An email arrived this morning, confirming they were all safe.

"They're fine. They were further north like we thought. I think that they probably figure 'what's all the fuss about?'," Ryan's mother, Joanie Irissarri told NZPA.

The good news arrived at 6.15am in an email from a friend in Malaysia, Ms Irissarri said.

"It's good. They're fine and all's well. They weren't affected by the tsunami so good news," she said.

She had always felt confident the men would be found safe and well.

"In saying that it's always nice to have the confirmation of them being safe."

She said another sailing boat made contact with the trio.

"The boys are happy. They're probably going to be saying 'what the?'. But they're good. We'll just have to wait until they give us a full email...

"I mean, they're three boys having a great time -- not realising any problems at hand."

The family of one of the men contacted the New Zealand Embassy, in Jakarta, on October 27 due to their concerns.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade also confirmed the trio had been found.

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