Enter your email to read this article
Read news on any topic, in one place, from publishers like The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more.

Rescue mission under way for two Australians stranded on damaged yacht in Tasman Sea

Marine safety authorities have launched a rescue mission for two Australian men who have been stranded on a yacht in the Tasman Sea for almost 36 hours after severe weather caused the vessel to take on a large amount of water.

The pair, aged in their 70s, were travelling from New Zealand to Australia when they were hit by severe weather including 10m seas and high winds, near Lord Howe Island.

A family member alerted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority about 3am on Monday saying the yacht had sustained damage to its steering and was taking on water.

The men set off an emergency beacon about 5am, Amsa said in a statement.

“The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) has been coordinating the rescue of two New Zealand crew members from a 14.2m sailing vessel currently 164nm (305km) East of Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea,” the statement read.

“Amsa’s has responded its Melbourne-based challenger rescue aircraft along with multiple Royal Australian Air Force aircraft which have been overhead since yesterday.

“Amsa has been in contact throughout with the crew and their family and all are in good spirits.”

The NSW police vessel Nemesis and two merchant vessels were en route but were not expected to reach them until 11pm on Tuesday evening, Amsa said.

Related Stories
Ocean rescue underway for two sailors on damaged yacht in Tasman Sea
The men, both in their 70s, are reportedly experienced sailors
From analysis to the latest developments in health, read the most diverse news in one place.
Rescue mission for sailors stranded in the Tasman Sea after severe weather brings 10-metre seas
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the RAAF and NSW Police are combining their efforts to rescue the crew members, who rain into severe weather about 300 kilometres east of Lord Howe Island.
Men stranded for 36 hours on yacht taking on water off coast of Australia
A rescue mission has been launched to save two men whose yacht started to take on water during a storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand.
Rescue mission launched for men stranded on yacht adrift off coast of Australia for 36 hours
The two men, both in their 70s, are stranded after heavy winds severely damaged their vessel, leaving them unable to sail as they await rescue from the teams on dry land
Sailors saved on way to Australia from NZ
Two men stranded at sea earlier this week will soon be back on dry land after severe weather damaged their yacht during a Trans-Tasman voyage.
One place to find news on any topic, from hundreds of sites.
Shocking moment fishing boat erupted into fiery blaze as Navy step in to rescue crew
The Venezuelan-flagged tuna boat had caught fire in a Colombian port, where it was being held while the crew were investigated for illegally fishing in a protected area