Kiwi yachties rescued off Fiji

The yacht struck a reef about twenty-six miles east of Savusavu harbour. File photo / Thinkstock
The yacht struck a reef about twenty-six miles east of Savusavu harbour. File photo / Thinkstock

A New Zealand man and a woman have been rescued after the yacht they were on sank off Fiji.

The 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef about 42km east of Savusavu Harbour at the entrance to Samosamo Strait.

Kevin Banaghan of the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) said a 59-year-old man from Great Barrier Island and a 53-year-old Tauranga woman were rescued after the yacht sank around midday today, New Zealand time.

The pair abandoned ship and activated their position-indicating radio beacon, which was received by the RCCNZ.

It advised the Fiji Rescue Coordination Centre, which sent a tug and rescued the pair at about 2pm.

Mr Banaghan said both were safe and well.

- APNZ

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