A 32-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man have been winched to safety from a dismasted yacht that was taking on water in severe weather conditions 50 nautical miles off the coast from Byron Bay last night. The pair have been airlifted to Brisbane.
The yacht, Morning Tide, was en route from the NSW Central Coast to Brisbane when it ran into trouble around Coffs Harbour.
The racing yacht, which has sailed in the Sydney to Hobart, reported it had engine problems and no communications. The man apparently set off an emergency device.
The bulk carrier Amarantha stayed near the yacht overnight, but was unable to conduct a rescue because of high seas.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter then provided back-up while the Emergency Management Queensland’s Rescue 500 helicopter winched the two to safety at around 3am.
The pair were treated for hypothermia and fatigue in the helicopter and taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.