Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Whale sinks NZ yacht, sailor rescued

`A New Zealand yachtie clung to his sinking 31-foot trimaran for five hours after the vessel collided with a humpback whale.

Lindsay Wright was airlifted to safety just before 6pm (1600 AEDT) on Tuesday.

He says his new yacht was worth $NZ38,000 ($A33,675) and the New Plymouth yachtie is now appealing for someone to lend him a boat to race in. [..]

“He (the whale) was maybe sleeping on the surface and I hit him and he sort of woke up with a start and did a bit of a flick and knocked a big hole in the hull,” he said.’

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