Sinking yacht threatened Cook Strait power cables

New Zealand website stuff.co.nz reports that “a shipwreck drifting at the edge of the Marlborough Sounds has damaged a fishing boat and threatened cables vital to New Zealand’s electricity.”

Emergency services responded to a mayday call from an 11-metre yacht sinking near The Brothers islands/Ngāwhatu Kai-ponu about noon on Saturday, Stuff journalist Chloe Ranford reported.

The three people on board were found uninjured by another yacht, then put on a Coastguard Marlborough boat and taken to Picton to recover, leaving behind their “submerged, unlit wreck”.

Marlborough harbourmaster Luke Grogan said their yacht had become a “floating hazard” and a “highly dangerous” threat to other vessels.

Read the full story at Stuff.

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