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Help arrives for stricken yacht between NZ and Tonga

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The damaged yacht Windigo remains afloat with two people onboard between Tonga and New Zealand.

The cargo ship Chengtu arrived at the yacht’s position at around 3.40am and is remaining on scene. The yacht Adventure Bound has also been on the scene overnight and has maintained contact with the crew on board Windigo. The 52-year-old British man, and a 43-year-old Auckland woman are believed to have had some rest overnight.

Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Geoff Lunt from the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says a transfer will be attempted when conditions allow and it is safe to do so.

"A transfer of the crew of the stricken Windigo onto another vessel will take place when conditions allow - there is currently a 5m swell and winds of 25 knots in the area," said Mr Lunt.

The HMNZS Navy vessel Otago is continuing to steam to the site and is scheduled to arrive at around 7.30pm tonight.

Both people aboard the Windigo have sustained mild to moderate head injuries after their 11.6m yacht rolled after leaving Tonga two days ago. The man has also suffered a back injury. None of the injuries are believed to be serious.

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