4 fishermen rescued from sinking boat

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Two helicopters were sent out responding to a mayday on Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: Getty

Four fishermen have been rescued from a life raft north of Kaikoura.

Two helicopters were sent out responding to a mayday this afternoon searching for the vessel named Victory 2.

By the time they arrived, it had sunk in 50 metres of water.

But the group were in luck - a nearby crayfishing vessel took them aboard and returned to shore unscathed.

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ senior search and rescue officer John Ashby said today the fishermen both sent out a mayday call and triggered their beacon.

"Carrying two forms of communication is really important and having a beacon really takes the search out of search and rescue."

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