The Governor sends his regrets at the loss of the Geo Searcher, expresses his support in the aftermath, and thanks the Tristan community and South African authorities for assisting the crew.

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Message from the Governor, Philip Rushbrook

Loss of the MFV Geo Searcher

The last few days have been extremely difficult for everyone on Tristan da Cunha, and I would like firstly to express my sadness at the sinking of the MFV Geo Searcher off Gough Island last week. Whilst we are all enormously thankful that there was no loss of life, the loss of any ship strikes at the heart of a seafaring community, and I know how shocking and disturbing this must be for all of you.

Governor Philip RushbrookPlease be assured that St Helena and the government departments in London are doing everything we can to support the Government of Tristan da Cunha in responding to this serious incident, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. I am conscious of all the potential impacts – human, environmental and economic – of such an event, and will work with you to address them. The resilience of Tristanians is well-known, and you have come through a great deal in the last year – your faith is, indeed, your strength. Your response in arranging for clothes and other personal items for the crew of the Geo Searcher is typical of your strong commitment to helping those in need, and I respect your open-hearted efforts to help yet again.

I am also grateful to the South African authorities. They have responded so quickly and willingly to bring back the crew, as well as Rodney and Ian.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and I will stay in close touch with the Administrator at this difficult time.

Philip Rushbrook

Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

20th October 2020