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.