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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.

AP

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