Missing yachties who issued mayday calls found safe and well in Bay of Plenty

A pair of yachties have been found safe and well in the Bay of Plenty aboard their nine metre yacht this morning after sending out mayday calls last night.

Maritime NZ’s Maritime Radio Service and Coastguard NZ received the first mayday call at 8pm last night with a second call received shortly later.

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ took over the search coordination and dispatched a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3K-2 Orion from RNZAF Base Auckland at Whenuapai at 11pm last night to search the Bay of Plenty area. The Orion was unable to locate the yachties.

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