A Welsh sailor and his partner have been rescued from the Pacific this morning after their yacht overturned between Tonga and New Zealand.
52-year-old Stephen Jones from Llandudno Junction and 43-year-old Tanya Davies from Auckland became stranded after leaving Tonga on Wednesday.
Their yacht Windigo overturned 700km southwest of Tonga and 1,260km northwest of New Zealand.
Both sustained head injuries, although they are not believed to be serious. Mr Jones also suffered a back injury.
Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator Keith Allen, from the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), said heaving lines were lowered from a cargo vessel to the damaged yacht, and the pair pulled abroad.
– Keith Allen, Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator
This is the outcome we have been working towards since the emergency beacon was activated on Wednesday afternoon. It is the result of an excellent coordinated effort involving the RNZAF, which provided a link for the two people on the Windigo when there was no other means of contact, and I would also like to express my appreciation to the captain of the Chengtu cargo vessel and the crew of the Adventure Bound for their efforts.