Chopper drops rescue equipment to disabled Northland yacht

The yacht is partly disabled in rough seas off the entrance to the Kaipara Harbour. Photo / Janna Dixon
The yacht is partly disabled in rough seas off the entrance to the Kaipara Harbour. Photo / Janna Dixon

A Northland rescue helicopter yesterday flew equipment to a partly disabled yacht which is riding out high winds and rough seas off the entrance to the Kaipara Harbour.

Pete Turnbull, chief pilot for the , Northland Emergency Services Trust, said the 12m vessel's engine failed on Friday and its main sails were blown out in 70km/h winds.

However, the three crew of the ketch Cheval de Mer used a small jib and mizzen sail to claw their way north and stay clear of the treacherous lee shore.

- NZ Herald

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