30 Apr 2013

Search for missing British man underway in north Pacific

10:23 am on 30 April 2013

British and United States coastguard officials have organised a search for a British man who fell off a yacht in the north Pacific.

An aircraft carrier belonging to the US Navy has diverted from its course home.

The USS Peleliu sent a helicopter to the area, hundreds of kilometres west of Midway Atoll, where it airlifted one British person off the yacht.

A military transport plane is helping with the search for the vessel's other crewmember.

Officials say the 35 year-old man who went overboard is wearing a yellow lifejacket with a light.