‘Lost’ NZ boat duo to head to Port Kembla

Alan Langdon and his daughter Que. Photo: Supplied / Stuff.co.nz
Alan Langdon and his daughter Que. Photo: Supplied / Stuff.co.nz

An Australian father and his young daughter who sailed into Ulladulla Harbour after weeks at sea will have to bring their damaged catamaran to Port Kembla.

Australian Border Force agents have made a port-to-port request for Alan Langdon, 46, and his daughter, Que, to make their way north.

The pair arrived in Ulladulla on Wednesday after spending 27 days sailing across the Tasman Sea in a 6.4-metre catamaran with a broken rudder.

Alan Langdon on the deck of his catamaran in Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times

Alan Langdon on the deck of his catamaran in Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times

They were reported missing in New Zealand four weeks ago, sparking a massive air and sea search.

Yachts arriving in Australia from other countries must first call at a specified port of entry where Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Agriculture formalities can be completed. Ulladulla is not one of the specified ports.

All people on board an incoming yacht must also produce a valid passport and incoming passenger card before they can go ashore.

The Mercury understands the Langdons have two weeks to get to Port Kembla, but need to undertake rudder repairs before they can leave Ulladulla.

Alan Langdon speaks to Australian Border Force officials at Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times

Alan Langdon speaks to Australian Border Force officials at Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times

Meanwhile, a child recovery expert said Mr Langdon and his daughter could have been in the country for several days before a member of the public recognised them from missing person's posters.

New Zealand Police revealed on Wednesday afternoon the pair were safe and in Ulladulla, but police have not said when they arrived, and conflicting reports have emerged about when they sailed in. 

Mr Langdon is in the middle of a custody dispute with his former wife, Que's mother Ariane Wyler.

Alan Langdon and his daughter Que sailed from New Zealand to Australia on a 6-metre catamaran. Photo: Jessica McInerney

Alan Langdon and his daughter Que sailed from New Zealand to Australia on a 6-metre catamaran. Photo: Jessica McInerney

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