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Yachtsman returns home after passenger plane rescue

18 October 2012 Last updated at 12:08 BST

A man who spent a week adrift in his yacht off the coast of Australia has been reunited with his mother in Sydney.

An Air Canada passenger plane dropped 30,000 feet in order to help find the yacht that was low on fuel and had a broken mast.

The plane had been bound for Sydney but diverted from its original flight path, with passengers acting as look-outs.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports