Australian rescued after drifting 5 days off Mindanao

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 04:32pm (Mla time) 07/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines — An Australian and a Filipino woman have been rescued after drifting in rough seas for five days in their disabled yacht off Mindanao, the coast guard said Saturday.


Donald Kate Jhand and his companion Fedelya Villareal were rescued by a cargo ship in international waters on Friday southwest of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.


The wooden yacht’s engine broke down on July 8 in rough seas affecting the yacht’s steering, the coast guard said.


The pair was spotted by crewmen of a cargo ship on Friday afternoon. The couple was taken onboard but the yacht was left drifting in high seas.


The coast guard gave no further details except to say that the couple was sailing to Australia when the mishap took place.


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