Tauranga woman rescued off Fiji

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has today assisted with coordination the rescue of a man and a woman from a New Zealand registered yacht, which sank after hitting a reef off Fiji at around 12.00.

The 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef approximately twenty-six miles east of Savusavu harbour, at the entrance to Samosamo Strait, Fiji. 

Search and Rescue Officer Kevin Banaghan said a 59-year-old man from Great Barrier Island and a 53-year-old woman from Tauranga were rescued after abandoning ship and activating their emergency position-indicating radio beacon.

Both are safe and well.

On receiving the distress beacon's signal, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand advised the Fiji Rescue Coordination Centre, which sent a tug and rescued the pair at about 2.00pm, New Zealand time.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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