Yachtie Aids his own Rescue

A Kiwi yachtsman did ‘all the right things’ when his 15-metre vessel began taking on water 100 nautical miles west of Kaitaia this March. He activated his EPIRB rescue beacon to alert the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand of his rapidly deteriorating situation, and evacuated his sinking yacht for its life raft.

The 48-year-old man was in regular contact with his wife by a satellite tracking and messaging device that also provided information regarding his situation, and she was able to brief the rescue services on her husband’s position and safe condition.

Whangarei-based Northland Emergency Services Trust Rescue Helicopter team picked him up from the life raft.

–Maritime New Zealand

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