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Two sailors have survived an ocean capsize after a dramatic rescue in extreme sea conditions by the crew of the Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Brisbane.

The pair spent 15 hours in the ocean after their yacht capsized near Wollongong on the NSW South Coast at 1am on Saturday.

The vessel was first reported missing at 1pm, sparking a search by HMAS Brisbane.

HMAS Brisbane’s Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat Crew bravely master severe weather conditions to successfully rescue two stricken mariners from the hull of their upturned yacht off the coast of Wollongong on Saturday 2 July 2022. *** Local Caption *** The Royal Australian Navy Hobart Class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane participated in a successful search and rescue operation in the seas off Wollongong, NSW on 2 July 2022. Two sailors have been recovered safely from their stricken yacht which (ADF)

The two sailors were soon found, after a passing vessel spotted them.

They were found clinging to their vessel and were rescued in 56km/h winds and two-metre swells.

Despite spending hours in the ocean, the two sailors were assessed as being in good condition.

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