Fishermen rescued after commercial fishing boat capsizes

EPIRBTwo men have been rescued after their fishing boat flipped just south of the Chatham Islands.  They were picked up 1.8 kilometres south of Pitt Island after activating their distress beacon on Saturday morning.  The crew of the 11-metre commercial fishing vessel Flynny set off their beacon around 11.30am and the signal was received by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).  Another local fishing boat The Eclipse was directed to the scene and found the men sitting on the upturned hull. They were reported safe and sound around 11.40am.  RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator Chris Wilson said the area was known as “a blackspot” for VHF radio and the beacon signal was essential to raise the alarm. Read the rest here 09:51

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