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A yacht is slowing sinking with three people on board in the Marlborough Sounds.

Maritime NZ spokesman Vince Cholewa said the boat's crew, who were located near Cape Jackson, contacted the Maritime Radio Service at 6.48am and activated their distress beacon at 6.50am.

Cholewa said there were three people on board the vessel, which had been sinking slowly with water coming into the bilge.

He said both the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Bluebridge Rescue Boat were on the scene, with police and coastguard coordinating the rescue.


Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter pilot Brendan Hiatt said they were initially called out to the scene, but were diverted after the Wellington helicopter arrived.




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