The NZ team helps save the Patriot. Photo / Michael Craig
The Emirates New Zealand team has gone on to save American Magic in an attempt to help save the Patriots after a dramatic reverse.
American Magic would eventually board the Prada Cup before their ship took off, hit the water hard and rolled sideways.
They were forced to withdraw from the race, and are now trying to stop their ship from sinking.
Team New Zealand’s chase ship rushed to the scene to aid in the burgeoning rescue.
Peter Burling of the Kiwi syndicate is seen helping a floundering American ship along with some of his teammates.
In a statement, American Magic thanked all three teams – Team NZ, Team Ineos England and Luna Rossa – for coming to help.
Meanwhile, Michael Burgess of the Herald reports American Magic has sent a message to race organizers asking for the barge used to retrieve the sign that sank to the bottom after “human error” in the World Series.
Divers are trying to patch the holes in the hull, while the chase ship Luna Rossa has appeared with more buoys to try and help keep the ship afloat.
Officers lifted the buoy onto the mast, so they could find it later.
The team confirmed everyone on board was safe shortly after.
– More to come.