NSW Police rescue crew of demasted yacht

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NSW Police have gone to the rescue of three yachtsmen after they sent a Mayday call saying their vessel had been demasted 220 nautical miles off the coast.

The call from the 11.5-metre Solar Coaster was received on Monday night when the stricken yacht was about 100 nautical miles west of Lord Howe Island.

NSW Police said in a statement the mast had hit the hull of the vessel but none of the crew were injured.

The NSW Police Force's Marine Area Command and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) launched a joint search and rescue operation.

On Tuesday morning fuel, a satellite phone and other supplies were air dropped to the three yachtsmen.

After establishing contact with the crew, Marine Area Command launched a police vessel which met the Solar Coaster some 200 nautical miles from the NSW coast on Thursday.

The police vessel commenced towing the yacht which is due to arrive at Port Stephens on Saturday morning.