Crew members and passengers aboard an Air Canada flight bound for Sydney are credited in helping to find a stranded yacht off the coast of Australia Tuesday morning.
Air Canada flight 033 [Boeing 777] from Vancouver and another Air New Zealand jet, flying from Auckland, were headed to Sydney when they were both asked to divert course.
‘The Australian Maritime Safety Authority was investigating the signal from an emergency beacon activated at 8:15 a.m. local time Tuesday morning, and wanted help confirming the GPS location.
Flight crew and passengers aboard the Air Canada flight, peering out the windows from an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, helped locate the yacht 275 nautical miles east of Sydney. The Air New Zealand flight then flew over to confirm the location and nature of the distress.
“AMSA thanks the captains and crews of the Air Canada and Air New Zealand aircraft for their assistance in the search and rescue operation, and their passengers for their patience,” the agency said in a statement.’
After the location of the yacht was confirmed, both commercial flights continued on to their destination.
A solo yachtsman was rescued and is believed to be fine.