The Royal Australian Navy has rescued two French yachtsmen whose yacht sank 667 kilometres east of Jervis Bay, on the NSW south coast.
A Navy Seahawk helicopter winched the men from a small boat after they abandoned their sinking yacht in rough conditions on Sunday, the Navy said in a statement.
The sailors were returned to the Navy frigate HMAS Perth where they were expected to remain before landing in Jervis Bay on Monday.
They were in a satisfactory condition after suffering mild hyperthermia, the Navy said.
HMAS Perth Commanding Officer, Captain Lee Goddard, said the rescue went very smoothly.
"The final piece of the rescue saw the Seahawk helicopter use its night vision capability to ensure a successful outcome," Cpt Goddard said.
The Nowra-based helicopter and the Western Australian-based HMAS Perth are participating in maritime exercises around Jervis Bay prior to their involvement in the International Fleet Review in Sydney.