A Navy warship has come to the help of a leaking and storm-beaten yacht in north Tasman Sea. The yacht named Mahi was captained by a 78-year-old man, who was on a 2-week long sailing tour out of Brisbane, Australia.
Simon Griffiths, the HMNZS Te Kaha commander, stated that the yacht got into trouble late Wednesday night when it endured a leak and began to take on the water. He stated that the Te Kaha was sailing to the Southeast Asia to participate in an exercise when it got the straiten message yesterday morning and raced towards the location of the yacht.
Commander Griffiths stated that their engineer repaired the leak. They also fuelled the yacht, and stocked him up with ten days worth of food. The Mahi is now on its way back to Brisbane.
Meanwhile, A Chinese cargo ship has saved a sailor from a life raft, after he desolated his thirteen-metre yacht off Western Australia’s Mid West coast. A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority stated that the 225-metre Shi Dai 8 had rescued the man successfully after he left his yacht when it started taking on water, north of Geraldton on Friday morning.
A private aircraft saw the raft as well as a flare 277 kilometers north of Geraldton after being bumped off by the AMSA that got an emergency beacon signal at around 7.45 am. The AMSA spokesman told that the local flight came first and reported sighting a life raft and a flare and diverted two merchant ships to the area. It is believed that the man is uninjured.