Bad weather delays rescue of two crew from damaged yacht near Tonga | Pacific Beat

Bad weather delays rescue of two crew from damaged yacht near Tonga

Bad weather delays rescue of two crew from damaged yacht near Tonga

Updated 9 November 2012, 9:53 AEDT

New Zealand authorities are co-ordinating a rescue bid for two people injured when their yacht was damaged south-west of Tonga.

A 52-year-old British man and 43-year-old New Zealand woman are understood to have sustained mild to moderate head injuries when the yacht Windigo was damaged on Wednesday.

A New Zealand Air Force P3-Orion aircraft has dropped a life raft near the yacht and a freighter and another yacht are sailing to the area to attempt a rescue.

Keith Allen, the duty Search and rescue coordinator from the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre says the saga began with rough seas on Wednesday.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Keith Allen, duty Search and Rescue Co-ordinator, New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre

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