A lone kayaker stranded and slowly sinking in the middle of the Indian Ocean has been rescued after encountering bad weather on a journey from Broome to Christmas Island. At about 5pm WA time on Thursday, a man in his kayak issued a distress call after his vessel began taking on water due to sea conditions and was unable clear it because his bilge pump was broken. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority response centre received his call for help and touched base with the kayaker who was about 630km south-east of Christmas Island. AMSA’s Perth-based Challenger rescue aircraft was dispatched to the scene and made contact with the kayaker. Merchant shipping in the area was also diverted to provide support. The rescue aircraft maintained contact with the kayaker and helped bulk carrier Haizhu Flourish to locate the man. The Haizhu Flourish dispatched a rescue boat just after daybreak on Friday and recovered him. It is understood the man is safe and well. AMSA thanked the crew of the Haizhu Flourish for their assistance with the rescue mission. Broome is 1062 nautical miles south-east of Christmas Island.