Men rescued from sinking yacht

The Auckland Coastguard responded to a distress call from a sinking yacht near the Coromandel peninsula on Friday night. File photo.

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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.

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Posted on 07-08-2017 02:27 | By maildrop

Is he on a break? Maybe gone away with Robin? Hehehe

King Richard

Posted on 07-08-2017 01:49 | By maildrop

Maybe they should have borrowed your crystal ball because I missed the bit where it says they put to sea knowing they had a cracked hull.

I hope they made...

Posted on 06-08-2017 13:54 | By morepork

...a significant contribution to the Coastguard. Would YOU put to sea in a boat with a cracked hull and expect other people to put their lives on the line because you don’t know how to make a running repair? Everybody makes mistakes and I’m not judging them, but I hope this experience has caused them to think about the services we all take for granted.