10 Jan 2012

Stranded yacht towed to shore

4:03 pm on 10 January 2012

A yacht that had been stranded off the west coast of Northland has been towed to shore.

The mast of the Cheval de Mer was broken in heavy seas on Saturday. The 12-metre boat's motor also seized and the sail was shredded.

A search officer for the search and rescue coordination centre says a charter boat towed the yacht to the Kaipara Harbour then on to Hellensville.

Keith Allen says the two craft arrived at 3pm on Tuesday.