This afternoon around 1:39pm the TECT Rescue Helicopter was alerted by the Rescue Coordination Centre to a beacon activation 18 miles off the coast of Tauranga.
The TECT Rescue Helicopter arrived at the location of the beacon signal and began a search of the area. A life raft firing a flare was sighted By onboard Helicopter crewman and the TECT Rescue Helicopter was joined on the scene by an NZDF King Air.
The TECT Rescue Helicopter stayed on scene with the King Air providing air support and tracking the life raft until a Coastguard Vessel arrived to uplift the 2 uninjured survivors in the life raft.
It is believed their 29ft vessel had sunk and all persons on the boat were accounted for.
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