Two men rescued from damaged Aviva yacht in Tasman Sea

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the rescue of two Kiwi crew members aboard a sailboat that suffered damage east of Lord Howe Island. Video /AMSA

Two sailors have been rescued from a damaged yacht in the Tasman Sea.

The 70-year-old duo are believed to have been sailing from New Zealand to Australia on the sailboat named Aviva.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the rescue of the two crew members from the 14.2m boat, 300km east of Lord Howe Island.

Several Royal Australian Air Force planes joined the search for the men yesterday after an emergency locator beacon was activated on Monday morning.

AMSA also diverted two merchant vessels, the Liberian chemical tanker Ionic Artemis and the Marshall Islands bulk carrier Fairchem Aldebaran, to assist if needed, until the arrival of the New South Wales police vessel Nemesis.

The Aviva was reported to have encountered extreme weather conditions with 10m seas and high winds leading to damage and water ingress.

The Nemesis arrived on the scene at 11 p.m. last night and rescued the two crew members.

They are now safe aboard the Nemesis returning to Sydney, via Lord Howe Island.

According to the MarineTraffic website, Aviva left Whangārei on August 27.

A rescue mission to retrieve two crew members from their damaged boat in the Tasman Sea has been successful.  Photo / Provided
A rescue mission to retrieve two crew members from their damaged boat in the Tasman Sea has been successful. Photo / Provided