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Rescued man sailing Tahiti to Australia in quarantine

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A UK man was rescued at sea when a yacht he was sailing from Tahiti to Australia sank off the coast of Newcastle was transporting the vessel for someone else.

NCA NewsWire understands the man was chartering the 50-foot Beneteau yacht, worth about $600,000, on behalf of its owner during the 6000km journey from the South Pacific island nation to Sydney.

A 40-year-old UK national, who was the sole occupant of the vessel, is now in hotel quarantine in Sydney after a grueling, 26-hour rescue operation that occurred almost 200km off the coast of Newcastle.

Marine Area Command officers received reports about midnight on Friday of a 50-foot yacht in distress while taking on challenging waters 95 nautical miles (176km) east of Newcastle.

By 10 am on Friday, Port Stephens Water Police, with help from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, determined the yacht’s location at 73 nautical miles (146km) offshore.

Marine Area Command (MAC) officers finished towing the skipper and the sinking yacht through violent waters to Newcastle Harbour just before 2 am on Saturday.

He was then processed by immigration officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) and directed to Sydney’s CBD hotel for 14 days of mandatory quarantine. The yacht remains moored at Newcastle Harbour.

On Sunday, Australian Border Force officials said they did not comment on individual cases. “The Australian Border Force has responsibility for customs and immigration clearance and works closely with local state and territory health officials,” a spokesman said. “Quarantine arrangements, and exemptions from them, are a matter for each state and territory.”

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