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Canadian solo yachtsman rescued from Pacific

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:37 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A Canadian solo sailor was rescued from his sinking yacht after five days adrift in the Pacific battling rough weather, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said on Tuesday.

A Swedish-flagged car-carrier, the Fidelio, made a 370km mercy dash to pluck him from the ocean some 2,300km north-east of Auckland, MNZ said.

The rescue authority said it received a distress signal from the 11m sloop L'Antillaise on Monday morning, and sent an air force Orion to investigate.

The plane spotted the yacht and diverted the Auckland-bound Fidelio to pick up the sailor.

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