Yacht hits rocks near Whangara

Two men on board 'lucky' to have made it to shore.

Two men on board 'lucky' to have made it to shore.

The yacht Erojca. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Coastguard skipper David McIntyre said the Maritime New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the five Coastguard crew had mobilised “extremely efficiently” in the bid to recover the yacht Erojca at Whangara. Picture by Paul Rickard

A yacht on a delivery voyage hit rocks near Whangara on Saturday night and two men on board are considered lucky to have made it to shore in the rough conditions.

“They were very lucky. It was a huge sea. We thought we could have been looking for two bodies on Sunday morning,” said Gisborne Hiabs’ Justin Martin, in charge of recovering the yacht from Whangara beach.

The yacht Erojca hit rocks at the northern end of Whangara at about 8.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Martin understands the yacht was bought in Auckland a few days before. The skipper/owner and a younger male crew member were heading home to the top of the South Island when they got into trouble. They beached the boat at Whangara.

The Coastguard was called but stood down when the yacht and crew landed on shore. Gisborne Hiabs staff intended to lift and recover the boat this morning.

The extent of damage to the vessel was not clear. The two crewmen were sheltered and fed at Whangara Marae last night.

A yacht on a delivery voyage hit rocks near Whangara on Saturday night and two men on board are considered lucky to have made it to shore in the rough conditions.

“They were very lucky. It was a huge sea. We thought we could have been looking for two bodies on Sunday morning,” said Gisborne Hiabs’ Justin Martin, in charge of recovering the yacht from Whangara beach.

The yacht Erojca hit rocks at the northern end of Whangara at about 8.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Martin understands the yacht was bought in Auckland a few days before. The skipper/owner and a younger male crew member were heading home to the top of the South Island when they got into trouble. They beached the boat at Whangara.

The Coastguard was called but stood down when the yacht and crew landed on shore. Gisborne Hiabs staff intended to lift and recover the boat this morning.

The extent of damage to the vessel was not clear. The two crewmen were sheltered and fed at Whangara Marae last night.

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