It’s not yet clear what caused a yacht to sink off the east coast of Northland last night.
A man is dead and a woman seriously injured after they were forced to abandon their 47-foot vessel in bad weather, 37 kilometres off Cape Brett.
The authorities got a mayday call from the boat just after midday, but it had sunk by the time the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived.
The air force dropped a life raft to those on the stricken yacht as it was pummelled by 25-foot waves.
Two others who were on the vessel are in a moderate condition.