Four sailors have been rescued from a drifting life raft after their yacht sank off the coast of Whitianga.
The stricken sailors – two men and two women – had to abandon their yacht, The Squander, as they were returning to New Zealand from Tonga.
About 9.30am on Sunday, the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ), received a distress alert – the four sailors had been forced to get into a life raft.
Been a long time since I've heard of a liferaft be used in anger in Coastal NZ waters.
No mention of use of flares.
lots of mention of electronic coms
"This crew were well equipped for the specific journey they were undertaking and had a distress beacon, satellite phone, HF radio and VHF radio.
Bit odd for a boat to just sink. Especially en-route from Tonga to NZ.