Yachts capsize in fierce Wellington winds

  • 12/12/2016
The police launch Lady Elizabeth II was called out to help the sailors in Evans Bay (Dave Allen/NIWA)
The police launch Lady Elizabeth II was called out to help the sailors in Evans Bay (Dave Allen/NIWA)

Three small yachts on Wellington Harbour have been capsized after a southerly blast ripped across the capital.

The police launch Lady Elizabeth II was called out to help the sailors in Evans Bay, believed to be part of an organised sailing party, around lunchtime on Monday, a police spokesman says.

"The good news is that everyone is accounted for," he said.

Yachts capsize in fierce Wellington winds

(Dave Allen/ NIWA)

The MetService says the wind was measured gusting up to 74km/h at Wellington Airport when the southerly came through.

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