20 Feb 2014

Pair escape burning yacht off Waiheke

11:48 am on 20 February 2014

A yacht has sunk off Waiheke Island after catching fire and burning to the waterline.

The Fire Service says initial calls to emergency services described a ferry on fire at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

It says the two people on the yacht when the fire broke out took to a liferaft.

Firefighters from the Parnell station were taken to the floating blaze by the police launch.