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NZ yachties to hitch ride with Fiji's Navy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

Fiji's Navy is expected to pick up four New Zealand yachties shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll.

On Friday. a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion found their beached 18-metre yacht, SV Jungle, on the reef at Tuvana-I-Ra atoll about 425km southeast of Fiji.

On board were four well-known Wellingtonians, Geoff Marsland who co-founded Midnight Espresso, Havana Coffee Works, and Deluxe Cafe and Roger Young who co-owns Fidel's Cafe, the yacht's owner Peter McLean and his son.

Fiji's Navy will pick the men up on Saturday and take them to Fiji, which is about 22 hours away by sea, a spokesman for Maritime NZ said.

The yacht's crew had abandoned the yacht and were safe and well on the atoll, the New Zealand Defence Force said on Friday.

They had sent text messages to their relatives on Thursday night to inform them that their vessel's backstay was broken, affecting their ability to sail.

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