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Radio silence led to unnecessary search for sinking yacht later found safe 150km away from call – Stuff.co.nz

Large scale search involving Coastguard, two rescue helicopters and a Navy frigate ended up being a wild goose chase off the Coromandel coast.

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A distress call that led to a wild goose chase in search of a missing yacht later found safe 150km away, is a reminder to all boaties to have two forms of communication on them while out at sea.
The mishap occurred when Rescue Co-ordination Centre NZ received a mayday call from a yacht believed to be sinking on the Coromandel coast on February 17.
With radio silence from the skipper and night falling, two rescue helicopters, a Coastguard vessel and HMNZS Te Kaha were deployed to find the missing…

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