An elderly Swedish couple were rescued from their dismasted
yacht near the Cook Islands today.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a
beacon alert from the yacht, the Blue Horizon, about 5.15pm
The couple, a 69-year-old woman and 70-old-man, feared the
broken mast would hole the hull, RCCNZ search and rescue
mission controller Neville Blakemore said .
An aircraft was sent from the Maritime Rescue Coordination
Centre in Pape'ete in Tahiti to fly over the yacht.
It confirmed that the nearest rescue vessel was the tanker
"The tanker was diverted to rescue the couple and they were
successfully taken aboard, uninjured, at around 9am this
morning," he said.
"Weather conditions were not great, with swells of around
four metres, so it was excellent work by the master and crew
of the Stena Paris to get the couple aboard without
The Stena Paris was now continuing its voyage to Pape'ete.
The yacht has been abandoned, with a warning to shipping