A Canadian solo sailor was rescued from his sinking yacht after five days adrift in the Pacific battling rough weather.
A Swedish-flagged car-carrier, the Fidelio, made a 370km dash to rescue him from the ocean approximately 2300km north-east of Auckland.
The rescue authority said it retrieved a distress signal from the 36 foot sloop L'Antillaise on Monday morning, and sent an Air Force Orion to investigate. The plane spotted the yacht and diverted the Fidelio to pick up the sailor.
The man, who has not been identified, is from British Columbia. He hit trouble on Thursday, when his yacht began to leak during a storm.
He attempted to hand bail so he could continue his voyage back to Canada, but activated his distress beacon when the vessel began sinking.
The man is expected to arrive in Auckland aboard the Fidelio on Thursday.
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exactAIS® tracking of the Fidelio diverting its path to rescue the solo sailor.