Freezing pair winched from Bass Strait after yacht hits rocks
February 6, 2012 - 10:14AM
A Victorian couple has been winched to safety from their yacht which ran aground on rocks near East Kangaroo Island in Bass Strait.
The couple set off a distress beacon after hitting rocks near the northern point of the island, off Tasmaniaís north coast, about 3.15am.
A Tasmania Police helicopter was used to winch the man and woman, both 66, to safety and they were taken to a nearby hospital suffering from hypothermia.
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High winds and waves prevented police from salvaging the vessel.