"Maurice Conti and his wife Sophie sailed for two and a half hours early on Monday morning to rescue three people, including Southland woman Ali Timms, whose yacht Timella sank after it hit a reef off an island in Fiji.
No one else heard the mayday call from the "Timella".
The Contis decided the only option was to mount the rescue themselves, fighting against strong winds and high seas. They managed to rescue Mrs Timms and her Australia companions, Elizabeth Schoch and yacht owner Cameron Scagle."
In this e-mail sent to The Southland Times today by Captain Maurice, he recounts the drama.
Read the full account of the events as they took place on the link above.