Motorboat & Yachting: A 73-year-old man dies after a leisure boat overturns off Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. The man, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, died when a leisure boat overturned off Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He was with nine other people on an 18ft fiberglass leisure boat, which capsized in choppy waters on Saturday, August 29.


The alarm was raised shortly after 11pm when the party failed to return from a fishing trip at the expected time and the Kilmore Quay lifeboat with five crew was launched just after 11.30pm. A spokesman for the Kilmore Quay RNLI said that the boat overturned off the Saltee Islands, a few miles from the mainland at Co Wexford.

The Saltee Islands passenger ferry, the An Crossan, also joined in the search along with Fethard RNLI.

The lifeboat from Kilmore Quay was making its way to the area where it was thought the boat was when it received contact from the An Crossan saying that it had spotted an upturned hull. Ten people were in the water half a mile south of the Great Saltee Islands: a woman, eight men, and a teenage boy. The weather conditions were overcast and there was a Force 2-3 south-westerly blowing.

The party was found after passenger ferry’s crew heard shouting from the sea. It is thought the party, all of who were wearing lifejackets, had been in the water for four to five hours.
The boat is understood to have overturned in choppy waters when a breaking wave stove in the wheelhouse windows and swamped the vessel.

The crew of the An Crossan pulled all 10 people from the water. The RNLI spokesman said that the 73-year-old man from Wiltshire required urgent medical attention and was airlifted by helicopter to Waterford University Hospital about 30 miles away, where he died.

The nine other people were transferred to the Kilmore Quay lifeboat and back to shore where they were medically assessed before being transferred to Wexford General Hospital and treated for hypothermia.

No other casualties have been reported. The dead man has not been named.

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Pratical Boat Owner: A yacht made a Mayday call after losing power and getting caught in the tide off Carnac Point, Inverness.


Volunteers from RNLI Kessock were mustering ahead of routine training exercise when they overhead the VHF Mayday call and established that they could see the stricken vessel from the lifeboat station.

They launched the Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat with four crew aboard at 10.50am.

The 28ft yacht had been leaving Inverness when it lost all power as it rounded Carnac Point. It started to drift on the fast incoming tide towards the old slipway at South Kessock.

The two crew aboard the yacht dropped their anchor but this failed to hold in the fast flowing tide.

A towline was quickly attached to the disabled vessel before it ran aground or hit the slip way.

It was towed back to Inverness Marina where Inverness Coastguard Team helped the volunteer crew secure the yacht in a berth.

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Motorboat & Yachting: A motoryacht belonging to Mexican politician Jorge Kahwagi was sunk in Acapulco during Hurricane Carlos last week.


Hurricane season has well and truly kicked off in Latin America, with the Mexican coastal resort town of Acapulco being battered by high winds of 90mph and torrential rain last week during Hurricane Carlos.

And it turns out that one of the victims is a stealthy, black motoryacht belonging to local politician and TV personality Jorge Kahwagi.

As this dramatic footage shows, Mr Kahwagi’s vessel was moored without any storm lines, making it easy prey for Hurricane Carlos when it hit on Sunday June 14th 2015.

In the video, a brave deckhand can be seen struggling to remedy the situation by putting out extra fenders, despite the surging waves lapping over the pontoon.

Local news provider Diario del Morelos reports that the vessel, which is believed to be worth 11m Pesos (£450,000), did not survive Hurricane Carlos.

In a photo posted to Twitter, the newspaper showed the storm-ravaged bow of the motor yacht as it was being salvaged on Friday June 19th 2015.

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Categories: Accident, Boat insurance

Yachting & Boating World: Dorset Police seeking information from boat crew after body found at Hengistbury Head. Officers are trying to locate the owner and crew of a boat that left Mudeford Quay on 23 May 2015.


Dorset Police are trying to find a boat crew that are believed to have vital information about the death of an elderly man after his body was discovered in the water at Hengistbury Head on 24 May 2015.

Officers are attempting to trace the boat’s owner and crew after they were seen at Mudeford Quay where the 70-year-old casualty first entered the water on 23 May 2015.

A member of the public discovered the man’s body around 9.30pm, with police believing the casualty had entered the water around 43 hours before. The police are keen to talk to the crew of the boat, which left Mudeford Quay at around 2am.

Police sergeant Tim Ward, said: “We believe that the craft was in the general area around the same time as the incident which resulted in a man’s body being discovered.

“I am hoping that whoever was on that boat may be able to provide us with vital information for the coroner’s inquest. This is a very tragic incident and any information we have may help to piece together exactly what happened. I would like to emphasise that this death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being urged to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 23:89.



Categories: Accident

Yachting Boating World: Victoria Mulligan raised nearly £500,000 for the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK in the wake of the tragic speedboat accident.


The survivor of a speedboat accident that killed her husband and daughter has been awarded an RNLI Supporter Award after raising nearly £500,000 for charity.

Victoria Mulligan organised a huge fundraising challenge in memory of her husband Nick and daughter Emily, who were both killed in a tragic speedboat accident in Padstow estuary in May 2013.

She set up an event called the Milligan Bike Ride to raise funds for both the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK, with 125 cyclists covering more than 300 miles from Cornwall to London over three days in June 2014.

Victoria said: “We wanted to raise money for something tangible and relevant; the money raised will make a real difference and leave lasting legacies in their memory. The RNLI is such an incredible and worthwhile charity, they rescued us from the water on that fateful day.

“Unless you have been in a trauma situation, you don’t know how invaluable these rescue services are, every minute is vital. The money raised is going to train lifeboat crew in every station in Cornwall.

“Something good had to come out of something so dreadful. It’s incredibly empowering to feel you are giving something back to the people who have helped you.”

Victoria, who lives in London with her three children, Amber, Olivia and Kit, plans to continue her fundraising work.

She lost the lower part of her left leg in the accident, but hopes to use a blade in order to take part in sponsored runs.

Guy Botterill, from RNLI Fundraising, said: “It was an incredible journey, which tested even the best of the riders but they did it. The bike ride was a huge physical challenge, but the challenge that Victoria set herself, so soon after the incident, what she achieved in terms of organising it – that was absolutely amazing.”

Victoria went on to explain: “Child Bereavement UK’s counselling has been invaluable, it has helped me and the children cope with our grief over the last year.

“They have given us tools and strategies which help us deal with everyday situations. They have given me advice on how to talk to the children and deal with big events like birthdays and anniversaries.

“I know that their professional counselling will continue to be essential for our family, for a long time to come, as we approach each day and try to put our lives back together living without Nick and Emily.”

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Categories: Accident, Fundraising

Practical Boat Owner: Just after 8am yesterday morning UK Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public reporting that a speedboat had crashed into a cardinal marker and capsized, just outside the Hamble River.

The Coastguard requested the Search and Rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent to the scene, which was close to the Warsash Maritime Academy. Both RNLI lifeboats from Calshot also attended.

The Vector Martini speedboat had four people on board. Three men – two in their 50s and another in their 20s – have been injured and another in his teens is said to be in a ‘critical condition.’ They were transferred to the shore by lifeboat and taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.

James Way, maritime operations controller for the Coastguard said: ‘Our rescue assets were on scene quickly. All four people were transferred by lifeboat to the shore, they are all being taken to Southampton General hospital by road ambulance.

‘The police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.’

A police spokesman said: ‘Hampshire Police Marine Unit are working with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) following an incident in Southampton waters this morning (May 13, 2015) at around 8.20am.

‘A high powered speed boat appears to have lost control and collided with Hamble Point cardinal mark at the entrance to the Hamble River in Southampton Water.

‘Four people have been taken to Southampton General Hospital, one with serious injuries.’

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Categories: Accident, Boat insurance

Yachting Boating World: Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on their yacht Nirvana Now for several years when tragedy struck last month in the South Pacific.


Two sailors had to watch their home and livelihood sink last month after damage caused by the sea saw their yacht sink in the South Pacific Ocean.

Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on board their S&S North Atlantic 42 Nirvana Now and posting their story online for several years when tragedy struck in April.

Initial problems for the pair started to develop on April 6th after they noticed that the forestay was loose and on further inspection found that part of the deck had started to part from the hull.

Writing on his blog, Randy said: “We attributed this to the state of the sea over the last three days, which had been a 2-3m swell at a period of 3-5 seconds.

“We rolled in the jib sail mounted on the forestay to reduce the strain and kept the main sail up with reefs.

“We helped support the forestay with a spinnaker halyard and a spare jib halyard attached to the port and starboard forward mooring cleats.

They then began sailing a downwind course to further reduce the strain on the forestay, heading for Nuku Hiva, an island in French Polynesia.

Unfortunately the couple’s problems were far from over, with them later noticing that water was starting to build up in the bilge, requiring it to be pumped out multiple times.

Shortly after, the pair decided to contact Pacific seafarer’s net, an amateur radio communications organization providing support and assistance, and another yacht called Continuum was diverted to help them.

Over the next few days, the situation on board continued to deteriorate as rough swells caused significant damage to the yacht.

“A large wave came up behind us and slammed the rudder over breaking the steering quadrant and separated from the hull the internal structure of the boat where the steering cable pulleys attach on the starboard side. We contacted W3ZU Fred and asked him to relay a May Day message to the Coast Guard that our situation had deteriorated and that we needed assistance. We then set up the emergency tiller system so we could maintain the boat in a heaved to arrangement to maintain stability”, wrote Randy.

“US Coast Guard Group 11 responded and we informed them of our damages, that the barnacles were reducing our progress and that the bilge pump was keeping up to the ingress of water from the damaged deck.

“We also informed them that Continuum had changed course to meet us. They were going to see if there was another ship in the area that they could ask to assist and we arranged to send regular position reports to them through W3ZU Fred, which we did throughout the night.”

As the heavy swells continued, another large wave struck Nirvana Now, breaking the rudder’s emergency steering linkages, causing it to swing free, pounding against the hull of the boat.

By April 7th the couple’s situation was significantly worse, with one foot of water coming into the boat every hour.

“Throughout the day 2-3m waves continued to slam the rudder into the bottom of the boat, as the rudder stops were damaged. We rigged a line from the midship mooring cleats, then aft around the rudder to reduce the movement of the rudder and the damage it was imparting on the hull.

“With our situation critical but stabilized we continued to pump the bilges every hour to keep ahead of the ingress of water from the damaged bow and the deteriorating condition of the rudder mountings. We maintained radio contact routines with Continuum, W3ZU Fred and the Seafarer’s Net and waited for the arrival of Continuum.”

At 3pm on April 8th and after three days of continued problems, Continuum arrived on scene and the couple made their way across to the yacht on board a dinghy.

Once safely aboard Continuum Randy and Dawn could only watch as Nirvana Now sunk to the bottom of the South Pacific, having previously agreed to scuttle the yacht so it was not a hazard to navigation.

In a closing statement on his blog, Randy said: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts of RCC Alameda1 and their radio watch keepers for their irreplaceable efforts.

“Bob and Mona Jankowski on the Continuum willingly endured great hardship as they motor-sailed 40 hours into strong winds and large seas while standing watches of two hours on, two hours off, to enable them to reach us before we sank.

“The two hour watch routine made possible the radio contact schedule of every two hours which kept them informed of our position as we drifted disabled. It was a great moral booster to us to be to talk to our saviors on a regular basis.

“I would like to impress upon all that it was the communications allowed us through the SSB radio giving us access to the land based ham networks and other boats that saved our lives. With the popularity and attributes of satellite phones increasing I think it is still prudent for all persons voyaging off shore to be skilled in the use of the SSB radio.

“We will miss the boat that gave us so much joy for 18 years.”




Categories: Accident, Rescue at sea

Yachting Boating World: A teenager has died following a tragic speedboat accident in Brixham on Saturday morning, May 2nd. Police have identified the victim of a speedboat accident as 14-year-old Emily Gardner from Gloucester.


The 14-year-old, who police have named as Emily Gardner, was trapped underneath the small vessel after it capsized with three other people on board.

The coastguard and police were alerted to the incident at around 12pm, with lifeboats, a helicopter and specialist dive teams all attending the scene.

RNLI crews were able to release Emily from the 16ft speedboat before taking her ashore and handing her into the care of waiting paramedics.

She was taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Her family have since made a tribute to her, saying: “Our beautiful Emily was a caring, loving, gentle daughter and sister. She was full of life and had the world ahead of her. She was our diamond, now shining bright in the sky.

“She will be missed and forever in our hearts.”

A 50-year-old man and two of Emily’s school friends were also on board the boat when it capsized and were taken ashore by jet skis before lifeboat crews arrived. All three were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

The 16ft speedboat, which was believed to be privately owned, has been recovered and taken to police premises for examinatio, along with the jet skis.

A joint investigation is now underway between local police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Detective Sergeant Andy Turner said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends who are affected by this tragic incident. I would like to thank the public and the emergency services for their assistance in getting the casualties to hospital swiftly. Enquiries are ongoing and we are keen to speak to any witnesses who have not already come forward.”
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Motorboat & Yachting: Nautilus International argues that Lee Joon-seok has been made a scapegoat for the sinking of MV Sewol and the deaths of more than 200 schoolchildren.


Maritime union Nautilus International has defended ferry captain Lee Joon-seok, who was sentenced this week to ten years in jail for homicide after abandoning a sinking ship.

An appeals court in South Korea reduced his sentence from 30 years to ten years, but Mark Dickinson, general secretary of Nautilus, claimed that the 70-year-old will likely die in prison for making a mistake.

“Once again, a captain has been made the scapegoat as a result of political pressure and media misrepresentation,” he said.

“Pinning the blame on an individual in this way helps to obscure the underlying causes of the accident, including regulatory failure, overloading and design changes.”

Passenger ferry MV Sewol was loaded to almost twice its maximum capacity when it capsized off the coast of Jindo on April 16, 2014, killing 295 passengers, many of whom were children on a school trip to the island of Jeju.

Mark argues that the captain is not the only one to blame: “It is the law-makers that determine the actions of owners and set the levels of safety. It should not be masters that suffer for their failure.”

As well as Mr Joon-seok, who originally faced the death penalty, 14 other crewmembers were jailed for their part in the disaster, with sentences ranging from 18 months to 12 years.

Local media reports claim that passengers were told to stay were they were at 0900 – half an hour after the ferry had begun to list – and that the order to abandon ship was never given.

After the trial, the Mr Joon-seok admitted that he had panicked and failed to take appropriate measures, but denied having any intent to murder.


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Pratical Boat Owner: The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the loss of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki and its four crew in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 720 miles east–south-east of Nova Scotia, Canada on 16 May 2014.


Almost a year after the sailing community was shocked by the sudden and tragic loss of the British sailing yacht Cheeki Rafiki and its four-man crew, the findings of an official investigation have been published.

MAIB synopsis
At about 0400 on 16 May 2014 the UK registered yacht Cheeki Rafiki capsized approximately 720 miles east-south-east of Nova Scotia, Canada while on passage from Antigua to Southampton.

Despite an extensive search that found the upturned hull of the yacht, the four crew remain missing: Skipper Andrew Bridge, aged 21, from Farnham, Surrey and crew Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset; Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset and 22-year-old James Male from Romsey, Hampshire.

At approximately 0405 on 16 May an alert transmitted by the personal locator beacon of Cheeki Rafiki’s skipper triggered a major search for the yacht involving United States Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft and surface vessels.

At 1400 on 17 May, the upturned hull of a small boat was located; however, adverse weather conditions prevented a closer inspection and the search was terminated at 0940 on 18 May.

At 1135 on 20 May, following a formal request from the UK government, a second search was started. At 1535 on 23 May, the upturned hull of a yacht was located and identified as being that of Cheeki Rafiki.

On investigation, it was confirmed that the vessel’s liferaft was still on board in its usual stowage position. With no persons having been found, the second search was terminated at 0200 on 24 May. Cheeki Rafiki’s hull was not recovered and is assumed to have sunk.

In the absence of survivors and material evidence, the causes of the accident remain a matter of some speculation. However, it is concluded that Cheeki Rafiki capsized and inverted following a detachment of its keel.

In the absence of any apparent damage to the hull or rudder other than that directly associated with keel detachment, it is unlikely that the vessel had struck a submerged object. Instead, a combined effect of previous groundings and subsequent repairs to its keel and matrix had possibly weakened the vessel’s structure where the keel was attached to the hull.

It is also possible that one or more keel bolts had deteriorated. A consequential loss of strength may have allowed movement of the keel, which would have been exacerbated by increased transverse loading through sailing in worsening sea conditions.


Action taken
The yacht’s operator, Stormforce Coaching Ltd, has made changes to its internal policies and has taken a number of actions aimed at preventing a recurrence. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has undertaken to work with the Royal Yachting Association to clarify the requirements for the stowage of inflatable liferafts on coded vessels, and the Royal Yachting Association has drafted enhancements to its Sea Survival Handbook relating to the possibility of a keel failure.

A recommendation has been made to the British Marine Federation to co-operate with certifying authorities, manufacturers and repairers with the aim of developing best practice industry-wide guidance on the inspection and repair of yachts where a glass reinforced plastic matrix and hull have been bonded together.

A recommendation has also been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to provide more explicit guidance about circumstances under which commercial certification for small vessels is required, and when it is not.

Further recommendations have been made to sport governing bodies with regard to issuing operational guidance to both the commercial and pleasure sectors of the yachting community aimed at raising awareness of the potential damage caused by any grounding, and the factors to be taken into consideration when planning ocean passages.


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