Wildlife Photographer of the Year has narrow escape

Date: 1/2/2002

Wildlife Photographer of the Year has narrow escape

Tobias Bernhard who won the prestigious Photographer of the Year at last year’s BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (see December/January issue 67) was lucky to survive when he and his boat Nexus were caught up in the seas created by Cyclone Trina, 40 miles west of the Cook Islands.

The broken mast of the 14 metre former longline tuna vessel was being dragged under water, potentially threatening to punch a hole through the hull. Diving into five metre seas, Bernhard managed to secure the mast and limp into Rarotonga. After repairs he travelled to the island of Raiatea in French Polynesia to continue with his photographic work.

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