Men rescued from sinking yacht
Posted at 10:10am Sunday 06 Aug, 2017
The Auckland Coastguard responded to a distress call from a sinking yacht near the Coromandel peninsula on Friday night. File photo.
Two men have been rescued after their yacht began to sink while travelling from Auckland to Tauranga.
The Auckland Coastguard responded to a distress call at around 6.30pm on Friday night.
Lion Foundation Rescue was dispatched from Auckland, arriving at the scene near Port Jackson, Coromandel, at around 7.42pm
Coastguard northern region duty officer Melissa Ousey says the occupants of 8.3 metre yacht noticed water coming in under the floorboards.
“There was a crack in the hull, and their motor was also not functioning.”
She says the coastguard successfully stopped the water ingress, before towing the vessel back to Westhaven Marina in Auckland.
Neither of the men were injured or required medical treatment.