A second rescue operation for another missing yacht is underway after a Norwegian yachtsman activated a distress signal.
Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand was alerted to a Norwegian yachtsman on Saturday afternoon whose damaged yacht is caught in rough seas and strong winds.
- Hercules aircraft involved in search for missing yacht
- One found, two missing from south Westland boat
The yacht, Ilanga, is adrift roughly 260km northeast of Cape Brett in Northland.
The Ilanga has damaged sails and rigging, a broken window and has taken on some water but is not in danger of sinking, Senior Search and Rescue Officer, Mike Roberts says.
A merchant ship, MV Southern Lily has been diverted to aid the Norwegian yachtsman and is due to meet the yacht at midday Sunday.
This is the second rescue operation of a yacht this weekend, with a Kiwi yachtsman rescued yesterday after he had to abandon his boat east of Norfolk Island.