Canadian couple rescued with yacht after distress call

A Canadian couple have been rescued from their yacht near Vava’u  main island in Tonga last week.

The yacht hit and got stuck in a reef at Hunga Islands, one of the surrounding  islands of  Vava’u.

A distress call had been sent from the yacht at about 4:00am August 6.

Another yacht  Dorothea 3 responded and after two days of prolonged struggle they managed to free the yacht from the reef. It was then towed by the Hakau, a tug boat,  into Neiafu Harbour.

Fellow yachtsmen who were in the area came to the rescue of the couple including Canadian Paul  Bella Via and Alan Bowes as well as some locals.

The 42-feet aluminium Canadian yacht named Page is registered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian owners are Tod, a Vancouver’s  paediatrician, and his wife Louise were in the yacht.

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