Coastguard leads yacht home

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
Coastguard Taranaki escorted a yacht back to port yesterday

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The Taranaki Coastguard escorted a yacht back into Port Taranaki yesterday.

It did so after concerns were raised for the 68-year-old skipper's safety.

Police SAR controller Senior Constable Jeff McGrath said the 7.6-metre yacht left New Plymouth about 7pm on Monday for Nelson.

Mr McGrath said the skipper texted his wife about 10am yesterday to say he was turning back due to the weather conditions.

However, when she failed to contact her husband yesterday afternoon, she alerted police.

Mr McGrath said after police could not contact the skipper via maritime radio and cellphone the coastguard's Todd Energy Rescue vessel and the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter were called in to search.

They located the missing yacht about 2 nautical miles offshore from Okurukuru.

They escorted it back to the port arriving about 7.30pm.

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