Recovering the yacht Erojca a team effort

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 great team effort resulted in successful recovery of the beached yacht Erojca on Whangara Beach yesterday.

The yacht was on a delivery voyage when it hit rocks at the northern end of Whangara at about 8.30pm on Saturday night.

The two men on board were considered lucky to have made it to shore in the rough conditions.

The skipper watched the recovery and said he was still too emotional to say much, except the people of Whangara and the team involved in the recovery had been “amazing” and he was “very grateful”.

The two crewmen were sheltered and fed at Whangara Marae on Sunday night.

The boat has a crack in one side of the hull and a hole in the other. It was transported into Gisborne by Dave McIntosh and unloaded at Gisborne Hiabs’ yard. Its future is in the hands of insurance assessors.

Gisborne Hiabs’ Justin Martin said the recovery went well.

“It was a great team of guys, with all the right machinery, and the locals were great too — people were more than obliging.”

The skipper/owner and a younger male crew member were heading home to the top of the South Island from Auckland when they got into trouble in the rocks and beached the boat at Whangara.

The Coastguard was called and were en route by 9pm but stood down when the yacht and crew landed on shore.

Coastguard skipper David McIntyre said the Maritime New Zealand Rescue Co-oordination Centre said the five Coastguard crew had mobilised “extremely efficiently”. Picture by Paul Rickard

A great team effort resulted in successful recovery of the beached yacht Erojca on Whangara Beach yesterday.

The yacht was on a delivery voyage when it hit rocks at the northern end of Whangara at about 8.30pm on Saturday night.

The two men on board were considered lucky to have made it to shore in the rough conditions.

The skipper watched the recovery and said he was still too emotional to say much, except the people of Whangara and the team involved in the recovery had been “amazing” and he was “very grateful”.

The two crewmen were sheltered and fed at Whangara Marae on Sunday night.

The boat has a crack in one side of the hull and a hole in the other. It was transported into Gisborne by Dave McIntosh and unloaded at Gisborne Hiabs’ yard. Its future is in the hands of insurance assessors.

Gisborne Hiabs’ Justin Martin said the recovery went well.

“It was a great team of guys, with all the right machinery, and the locals were great too — people were more than obliging.”

The skipper/owner and a younger male crew member were heading home to the top of the South Island from Auckland when they got into trouble in the rocks and beached the boat at Whangara.

The Coastguard was called and were en route by 9pm but stood down when the yacht and crew landed on shore.

Coastguard skipper David McIntyre said the Maritime New Zealand Rescue Co-oordination Centre said the five Coastguard crew had mobilised “extremely efficiently”. Picture by Paul Rickard

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