Stricken sailor near Chathams confirmed safe

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Section
Emergency,
Publish Date
Friday, 14 April 2017, 9:37AM
An Air Force Orion has left Auckland to help search for the vessel, which has activated the alarm 1600 kilometres off the remote islands (Getty Images)
An Air Force Orion has left Auckland to help search for the vessel, which has activated the alarm 1600 kilometres off the remote islands (Getty Images)

UPDATED 11.02am: The Air Force Orion sent to find a struggling Polish sailor has made contact with him, and confirmed he's OK.

The 64 year-old set off an emergency beacon 1600 kilometres east of the Chatham Islands.

He'd left Auckland on March 18th as part of a solo round-the-world voyage, and is on his way home.

The Rescue Coordination Centre says the Orion has flown over his 10.6 metre yacht and made contact with the man, who's reported a problem with his steering.

A cargo ship has now been diverted to rescue the sailor, and is it should arrive tomorrow morning at around 7am.

The man was on his way to Cape Horn.

 

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