A 76-year-old Zeehan man has been rescued after he came into trouble during a solo sail off the West Coast on Friday night.
Tasmania Police report they were alerted to a 25ft sailing sloop which had activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Bacon off the West Coast about 11.30pm.
"The EPIRB was activated after the vessel came into difficulty due to high winds and heavy seas experienced overnight," police said in a statement.
The AMSA Challenger jet from Melbourne was sent to the scene and the vessel was located approximately 6nm off Point Hibbs, approximately 25nm south of Macquarie Harbour.
"As the solo yachtsman had the EPIRB registered with AMSA, the AMSA Response Centre in Canberra had access to the details on the yacht and occupant, so they had a better understanding of the situation," the police spokesman said.
"The Westpac Rescue helicopter and a fishing vessel, that was in the area, were also dispatched.
"The yachtsman was rescued without incident and the vessel taken under tow to Point Hibbs."
Central West Division Acting Inspector Anthea Maingay is urging people who are undertaking such trips on the water to be aware of the weather and ensure all the vessel's equipment is in good working order with enough provisions and fuel for the trip, as well as extra for safety.
Police said the assistance provided by professional fisherman Dan Hursey and his crew member Jamie Gordon was invaluable.
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