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Australia to New Zealand: Four planes and a container ship rescue yacht

By Brisbane Times — last modified Sep 15, 2014 04:58 PM
Contributors: Thanks to Vic Martin for bringing this news to our attention.
On September 4th a solo yachtsman sailing from Brisbane to New Zealand was plucked from rough seas in a dramatic seven-hour rescue involving four planes and a Danish container ship. As reported by the Brisbane Times.

Published: 2014-09-14 23:00:00
Topics: Safety and Medical
Countries: Australia , New Zealand

Read full report at www.brisbanetimes.com.au

The sailor made a distress call on Thursday morning (4th September) after his 10-metre yacht was damaged in heavy seas.

Four planes and a Danish container ship helped in the man's rescue, which was co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

A Customs and Border Protection aircraft was the first on the scene, sighting the boat about 1pm (AEST) on Thursday.

As the mission dragged on, airforce personal flying above the yacht used night-vision goggles to help those on board the container ship Lars Maersk locate and rescue the man.

The yachtsman, who was wearing an immersion suit, was plucked from rough seas at 8pm on Thursday night about 70 nautical miles north of Lord Howe Island.

A spokesperson for AMSA said the man had set sail from Brisbane on August 29, but his craft was registered to Port Douglas in northern Queensland.

The yachtsman was uninjured. It is expected the man will be transferred ashore by a pilot vessel in coming days when the container ship transits the Great Barrier Reef area.

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