June 01, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The New Zealand couple that were rescued from their yacht yesterday near a reef in Taveuni off Qamea Island are now being handed over to Immigration and Customs officials.

This was confirmed to FijiLive by Fiji Navy Commander John Fox this morning.

“We have spoken to them and they are now being handed over to Immigration and Customs officials who will assist them return home.”

Commander Fox said the rescue was being co-ordinated by Navy after the couple abandoned ship and activated their position-indicating radio beacon, which was received by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

“This was later relayed to us but a resort which was close by picked up on the distress call and responded to the call.

“The Almost Paradise resort staff then responded to the call and rescued them at 2pm yesterday.”

Commander Fox said this is the second foreign yacht incident that has gone aground this year.

The New Zealand Herald reports the 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef about 42km east of Savusavu Harbour at the entrance to Samosamo Strait.

Kevin Banaghan of the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) said a 59-year-old man from Great Barrier Island and a 53-year-old Tauranga woman were on board the yacht.

By Keresi Nauwakarawa


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