Survivors of the Wahine disaster

Survivors of the Wahine disaster

Clarence O'Neill (the young boy centre-left, wearing an oversized life jacket) and other survivors huddle on Seatoun beach following the sinking of the Wahine on 10 April 1968.

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Mark O’Neill

Posted: 13 Jul 2023

I was an 11 year old boy at the time and all of my family survived.
I remember much about that time, the picture of a young boy in an oversized life jacket is my younger brother.

Gary Holmes

Posted: 02 Jan 2023

I was on the Wahine when it sank as one of the youngest survivors along with my sister and mother.

Nusara Assakul

Posted: 10 Aug 2021

I was on the Wahine with my family. Six of us survived. Thanks to Rob Ewan who saved me from rough sea. I was so grateful and happy to meet Rob 50 years afterwards at Willington during 50th Anniversary of Wahine Disaster.

Josie-lea Oneill

Posted: 16 Feb 2020

This is my father


Posted: 10 Apr 2017

my mums frend died mr Goodman we were told he took off his life jacket to put under a young boys head as a pillow when the càll came to abandon ship he couldn't find his life jacket in the panic looking at this photo I wonder if that was his life jacket this young boy had I was only 8 he was s very kind man


Posted: 10 Apr 2016

My dad was the chef on the wahine he was the 2nd to last peson off him & the captain

Trevia neel

Posted: 21 Mar 2016

How many children were killed how many children survived without there parent or parents? :(


Posted: 07 May 2014

how many children were onboard the wahine?

vola taualupe

Posted: 10 Jun 2011



Posted: 21 Sep 2009

i feel sad for poor young collin the boy who died in the wahine disaster