Yes, it was good timing; he was also running low on toilet paper.
Transtasman rower Shaun Quincey had drinking water and two copies of the Herald dropped to him yesterday.
Quincey has been 42 days on the water, trying to become the first solo rower to complete the voyage between Australia and New Zealand.
A shortage of drinking water threatened to scupper his bid until Taupo rescue pilot John Funnell came to his rescue.
He flew a fixed wing aircraft on a nine-hour round trip from Taupo with emergency provisions including 38 litres of drinking water, coffee, two Heralds and a toothbrush.
Quincey had been in radio contact with them after the drop and was "delighted with it", said Mr Funnell. "He said to us 'You guys don't know what this means to me."'[...] He was running dangerously low on water, with only four litres left. He said it was critical for supplies to be dropped to him if he was going to finish the mission.
- NZPA, staff reporter
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
1990: Herald and freedom for Mandela
Now, I wonder which bits of this page A3 article - "Herald and supplies dropped to rower" - were written by NZPA, and which by the Herald staff reporter?