British family rescued from South Pacific reef after catamaran runs aground
A British family of four has been rescued from a remote reef in the South Pacific Ocean after their catamaran ran aground during heavy seas.
The family activated a distress beacon just after 2.30 am on Monday from the uninhabited and semi-submerged Beveridge Reef.
Search and rescue officials said they were very fortunate another boat, the Dona Catharina, happened to be anchored within the reef at the time.
Speaking from a satellite phone aboard the Dona Catharina, captain Martin Vogel said he was able to communicate with the family during the night and rescue them using a life raft when light broke in the morning.
He said the family included a boy and a girl aged about 13 and 11 and they were all safely aboard and sleeping after their ordeal.