Finding Rhys

$58,090 donated
Given by 442 generous donors in 6 weeks

Rhys (24), missing off the coast of Cannes, since Aug 30, has been found. This page has been set up to help his family bring him home.



To all the amazing, loving, caring, beautiful people that have kindly donated to this page

We have been truly overwhelmed by all the love, support and generosity over this sad time, it was such a shock for our wee family with the tragic loss of our beautiful son and brother, Rhys, while he was overseas. We feel so lucky that we were able to bring him back home to Hahei New Zealand, where he can stay now. It was truly the only place he ever wanted to live.

It’s been very humbling for us to receive such amazing support from so many people, we love you all and would like to thank everyone personally but cannot at the moment.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks

Love you all

Wendy Russ Josh & Ryan Cochrane / Helms


Rhys's family have been blown away and humbled by the overwhelming generosity and support from everyone. They want to give a huge heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped them during this rough time with their overwhelming support and love. Rhys has an amazing group of friends and they thank you all.


Rhys's body has been found early today (2nd September). Thanks you to everyone who donated to help fund the private search. The main focus now is to bring him home to Hahei. We're not sure what's involved with this yet- but all remaining funds will be dedicated to these ongoing costs for Rhys's family.

Rhys Cochrane (24) went missing while swimming off the yacht he works on, during his break. The yacht was at anchor just off the coast of Cannes, France.

Rhys is a competent and experienced swimmer and diver, growing up in Hahei, and working in the family-owned dive business. Swimming from the yacht was not an unusual thing for him or the crew to do on a daily basis.

Unfortunately the official search has now been called off by the French officials, leaving his family who are on their way to France distraught.

They need funds to mount their own private search.

Any donations however big or small would mean such a lot and help the Cochrane family find their beloved son and brother.

** ongoing cause is whatever costs associated with bringing Rhys home, and helping the family with any related costs during this time.

Andreas Eggmann's involvement (page creator)

I live in Hahei and know the Cochrane family. Rhys has grown up here and his family is a huge part of this small community.

This is our way of helping them out during this very stressful time.

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This page is now closed.  15 October 2016

This page will now be closed and removed from the givealittle search engine. We want to say a big thanks to all those who got behind it from the beginning and shared, donated and helped get it going. The generosity was phenomenal and humbling.

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Latest donations

Sophie on 08 Oct 2016
Annie and Andy Macfarlane
Annie and Andy Macfarlane on 25 Sep 2016
Feeling for you all. Huge thought waves.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 25 Sep 2016
Ben and Mary Hall
Ben and Mary Hall on 20 Sep 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Allan & Sally
Allan & Sally on 20 Sep 2016

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This page was created on 1 Sep 2016 and closed on 15 Oct 2016.