The Philippine coast guard says nine Chinese and two British sailors have been rescued after their yacht sank in rough waters.

They were picked up by a Hong Kong cargo ship that was passing through the same waters near the Batanes islands off the country's northern tip Sunday. The yacht "Tipsy Frenz" was sailing from Hong Kong to Taiwan as part of a race when strong winds from a typhoon capsized it.

The rescued sailors were taken to Manila's harbor Tuesday and will be handed over to their respective embassies after medical examination.