The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whangamata at approximately 7.30pm on 10 August for a 63-year-old local man with a serious medical condition. He was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.
The helicopter was then tasked by RCCNZ to locate and establish communication with a yacht in distress approximately 20nm NE of Mayor Island. The yacht had activated its emergency beacon due to a steering problem as well as battling rough sea conditions.
A nearby cargo ship was directed towards the yacht to assist and a Coastguard vessel was dispatched to assist.