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Two plucked from capsized fishing vessel

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Two men have been plucked from their overturned commercial fishing vessel south of Pitt Island in quick time.

The two crewmen of the 11-metre Flynny set off their emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) at about 11.13am on Saturday, and 27 minutes later the crew of a local fishing boat, the Eclipse, reached them.

They were directed there by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ and found the crew sitting on the upturned hull of their vessel 1.8km south of Pitt Island.

They were safely on board the Eclipse at 11.40am.

Weather conditions in the area are good, with light northerly winds, and the cause of the capsize is not known.

Search co-ordinator Chris Wilson said the area was a blackspot for VHF radio and the beacon signal had been essential to raise the alarm.

"The skipper and crew of the Eclipse have done a great job to get there so quickly and get the men to safety," she said.

"It's obviously not a great morning for the crew of the Flynny but without the EPIRB it could have been a lot worse."

The Flynny has been righted and is being towed to shore.

Pitt Island is the second largest island in the Chatham Islands group, which are about 680km south-east of mainland New Zealand. The Chatham Islands are part of New Zealand.

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