Yachting Boating World: The UK Coastguard has issued a safety warning after six people died in rough seas around Britain over the weekend.
Three men, two women and a six-year-old boy were killed in Cornwall, Essex, Dorset, Jersey and Aberdeen.
The Met Office had issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning on 19 August. Gusts of up to 60mph were forecast for exposed coastlines in the south and west.
The strong winds and large waves also coincided with a period of spring tides over the weekend.
The UK Coastguard urged everyone to be careful around surging waves.
“Stay away from areas where surging waves could sweep you off your feet, or hit rocks and cause a huge amount of spray,” it advised.
“Be careful of tides; it’s easy to become cut off and strong wind conditions will mean that the sea will reach higher levels than expected. Heed warnings from lifeguards,” it added.
James Instance for the UK Coastguard issued this warning.
“What should be an enjoyable experience could so easily take a traumatic turn, so please do listen to warnings and stay at a safe distance from the water,” he stressed.
The first casualty of the weekend happened on 19 August at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.
Rudy and Lisinda Bruynius and their three children were knocked off rocks and washed into the sea.
The couple’s two sons managed to scramble back on to rocks. RNLI lifeguards rescued Mrs Bruynius using their jetski.
Her husband and their two-year-old daughter was rescued by the Newquay lifeboat. Mr Bruyunius later died in hospital.
On 20 August, a windsurfer in his 60s died after getting into difficulties off West Mercia, Essex.
Dan Baker, who was described by friends as an experienced windsurfer, was airlifted to hospital at just after midday but later died.
Just hours later, a man got into difficulty while swimming outside the safe swim area at Sandbanks beach in Poole, Dorset.
He was rescued from the water by lifeguards, who performed CPR. The crew of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and paramedics also attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Later on Saturday afternoon, two brothers were paddling in the sea off Aberdeen when they were swept out.
Their mother, 37-year-old Julie Walker, along with others, tried to rescue the children. All of them needed rescuing. Both Walker and her six-year-old son, Lucas died.
Walker’s 13-year-old son, Samuel is recovering in hospital. A man and a woman also received medical treatment.
On Saturday evening, a female swimmer was recovered from rough seas off Jersey. Joy Godfray, 31, later died in hospital.
She had been swimming near Green Island beach with a male companion, who was rescued by a member of the public.
Practical Boat Owner: A single-handed yachtsman has praised RNLI Castletownbere rescuers for saving his life after he got into difficulties 45 miles south of Mizen head in West Cork.
The lifeboat volunteers spent more than 12 hours battling storm-force conditions after the sailor activated an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) identify his location, raise the alarm and seek help.
The Castletownbere lifeboat, Annette Hutton, launched at 8am on Saturday morning, 20 August, after Valentia Coast Guard Radio requested assistance for the yachtsman.
The eight-metre (26ft) yacht had left the Azores in early August. The sailor, aged in his sixties, had been in regular radio contact with Valentia Coast Guard radio until Saturday morning when his VHF radio was washed overboard. He activated an EPIRB to identify his location, raise the alarm and seek help.
The lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Brian O’Driscoll, located the casualty at 10.40am. 50 miles south-west of Castletownbere. The Coast Guard helicoptor also attended the incident.
Conditions were described as ‘gusting Force 8/9 winds with a 30ft swell’. The yacht was taken under tow and the lifeboat proceeded slowly to Castletownbere in challenging sea conditions.
Early into the tow lifeboat crew became concerned about the well being of the sailor and crew managed to transfer him to the lifeboat. The lifeboat, with the damaged yacht in tow, returned to Castletownbere at 8.30pm. having been at sea for 12 and a half hours.
The sailor thanked the Castletownbere lifeboat and all involved for ‘saving his life’. He said: ‘only for the lifeboat, things would have ended up very badly today’.
Castletownbere lifeboat operations manager Tony O’Sullivan said: ‘The coxswain and crew are to be complimented on the rescue – they demonstrated skill, seamanship and endurance during what was a long and challenging day.’
Yachting Boating World: Michelle Keegan will officially open the 48th Southampton Boat Show on 16 September. The 10-day event attracts visitors worldwide.
The 29-year-old, who has had roles in Coronation Street and Ordinary Lives, is scheduled to appear at 11am on 16 September, helping to kick off 10 days of fun and attractions.
Incorporating one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas, the Southampton Boat Show is considered one of the world’s leading boat shows.
The 2016 edition, which runs from 16-25 September, will offer visitors an exciting array of new attractions.
With hundreds of boats on display, including 330 on the stunning marina itself and over 2km of pontoons, this year’s event is being billed as another show stopper.
Keegan, who counts her lead role in the BBC drama, Our Girl, and the forthcoming ITV drama, Tina and Bobby, amongst her current projects, comments: “I am thrilled to be opening the Southampton Boat Show this year.”
“As an avid fan of all types of activity on the water, I’m really excited to spend some time at the show, soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing some of the brilliant attractions on offer,” she added.
The British Marine Boat Shows managing director, Murray Ellis said he was delighted to welcome Keegan to the show this year.
“As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is a much-loved event and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” he noted.
“The show attracts visitors from those new to boating to avid sailors as well as a host of famous names, and we’re thrilled that Michelle will be joining us to help open the show,” he stated.
Attractions at the show include the new Festival Stage featuring a thrilling line-up of live music, fashion shows and expert talks.
On the water, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to try an array of activities from experiencing first-hand what life aboard an ocean racing yacht is really like to trying out Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Feature boats will include the awe-inspiring Norwegian three-masted sailing barque, Artemis and the revolutionary Team Britannia vessel bidding to break the world record for the fastest powerboats circumnavigation of the globe.
Yachting Boating World: An investigation is now underway after a fire at a Long Island marina. Multiple boats were damaged. Watch as firefighters try and put out the blaze.
High winds made it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze at the Patchogue Shores Marina, with the fire spreading from boat to boat.
Suffolk fire officials say the blaze started just before 7pm on 16 August.
Dense smoke covered the East Patchogue area. Many Long Island residents posted pictures and video of the incident on social media, alerting marina users.
Six departments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, were at the scene to try and put out the fire.
Nearby residents were warned to stay indoors and to close all windows.
Officials say firefighters had to return to the marina several hours after putting the fire out when it rekindled on a boat and on the dock.Three firefighters had to receive medical attention after inhaling chemicals from the burning vessels.
The owner of the marina, David Kazmark, told CBS New York that he was grateful that no one was seriously injured.
Praising the emergency services, he said: “They saved my business, they saved my building; saved gas tanks from going up.”
The cause of the fire is still being investigation, although it is not believed to be suspicious. Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation have been monitoring the cleanup of the marina site.
Four of the eight boats which caught fire are believed to be a total loss.
Yachting Boating World: Latest figures from the International Maritime Bureau reveal piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995.
The figures for January-June 2016 have been compiled by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
Its Piracy Reporting Centre is the world’s only independent office to receive reports of pirate attacks, 24-hours-a-day, from across the globe.
IMB’s global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was at its highest, in 2010 and 2003, IMB recorded 445 attacks a year.
In the first half of 2016, IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and a further 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon.
Sixty-four crew were taken hostage onboard, down from 250 in the same period last year.
The director of IMB, Captain Pottengal Mukundan described the drop in world piracy as “encouraging news.”
“Two main factors are recent improvements around Indonesia, and the continued deterrence of Somali pirates off East Africa,” he explained.
“But ships need to stay vigilant, maintain security and report all attacks, as the threat of piracy remains, particularly off Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea,” added Captain Mukundan.
The findings reveal that Nigeria is the world’s piracy kidnapping hotspot. Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015.
“In the Gulf of Guinea, rather than oil tankers being hijacked for their cargo, there is an increasing number of incidents of crew being kidnapped for ransom,” noted Captain Mukundan.
Nigerian attacks are often violent, accounting for eight of the nine vessels fired upon worldwide. IMB says many further assaults go unreported by shipowners.
IMB reported two further kidnap incidents off Sabah, Malaysia, where tugs and barges were targeted.
In early June, a tug and barge were hijacked off Balingian, Sarawak in Malaysia; the cargo of palm oil was stolen. The IMB says there has been a fall in the number of incidents in Indonesia.
There were 24 recorded cases in the first six months of 2016, compared with 54 in the same period in 2015.
This is attributed to improvements in security at sea and in ports. Designated anchorages with improved security have been introduced by the Indonesian authorities.
IMB has also applauded the Indonesian Navy’s prompt response in recovering a hijacked product tanker, south of Pulau Serutu, off west Kalimantan in May.
“This is exactly the type of robust response required in response to such threats,” it said.
Nine pirates were apprehended and the crew of the tanker unharmed.
In May, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated patrols to target piracy in the Celebes Sea that borders all three countries.
Many of the kidnappings for the first half of 2016 are reported to have been carried out by just one group – the Islamist militant Abu Sayyaf.
On 18 August, 2016, it was reported that two of the group’s hostages from a captured tugboat had escaped.
The other hostages – nine Indonesians, five Malaysians, one Norwegian, and a Dutchman – are still being held.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is based in Kuala Lumpur, and has been supporting the shipping industry, authorities and navies for 25 years.
All shipmasters and owners are encouraged to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the local authorities as well as the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
The IMB says this first step in the response chain is “vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy”.
It adds that transparent statistics from an independent, non-political, international organisation can “act as a catalyst to achieve this goal”.
The IMB’s findings for January-June 2016 comes following media reports on 17 August, 2016 that an Malaysian oil tanker had been hijacked and taken to Indonesia.
These were later dismissed by the authorities in both countries. It was later revealed that the vessel had sailed to Indonesia following a dispute between the tanker’s owners and its crew.
Yachting Boating World: An investigation is underway by the Greek authorities after two boats collided off the island of Aegina. Four people are dead, including a child.
The Greek Coastguard says an investigation is now underway by the Echelon of Greek Office of Naval Investigation Accident & Incident (ELYDNA).
Witnesses say the eight-metre speedboat collided with the tourist boat, slicing it in two. So far, 20 passengers on the tourist boat have been rescued.
The bodies of two men and one child were recovered from the water by rescuers.
They are believed to be the Greek captain of the tourist boat, and a father and his child. The body of a third man was later found by divers. None of the four people on board the speedboat were injured.
The Greek Coastguard says the captain of the speedboat has been arrested. Attempts to identify any missing passengers from the tourist boat are ongoing.
The incident happened just after 1pm local time on 16 August. A navy helicopter, three coastguard patrol boats and nearby fishing and leisure craft assisted in the search for survivors.
Those with minor injuries and shock were treated at the Aegina health centre. Two people with serious injuries have bene transferred by helicopter to Athens.
The wreckage of the tourist boat has now been recovered, while investigators continue to piece together the cause of the accident.
Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. It is around 17 miles from Athens and is a popular holiday destinations for Greeks and foreign visitors.
Yachting Boating World: Pendennis Shipyard says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK. It took one year. Explore pictures of the refitted motor yacht below.
Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall has announced its finished the extensive refit of the 85.6 metre, Aquila. The work on the motor yacht’s five decks took one year to complete. At its peak, it involved more than 1,000 craftsmen and women.
Aquila now has a completed refigured owner’s deck, and a technology upgrade, which included the rebuilding of four generators.
Pendennis says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK.
Burgess was appointed as yacht management, supporting the owners throughout the project from concept to re-delivery.
It provided full project oversight including technical, financial, crew and safety management.
Fleet technical manager at Burgess, Adrian Tinkler, said: “To facilitate the extent of design and technical changes required, the interiors on Aquila needed to be stripped back to bulkheads across most areas.”
“The team completely updated the social spaces, modernised technical systems and lighting, and restyled the boat across an area of over 750 square metres, the scale of which was unprecedented by any of the suppliers in such a short time period,” he continued.
“Thanks to efficient planning and collaboration between the many hundreds of people involved at each stage of the design, specification and execution phases, the team delivered on time, a truly remarkable rebirth of this beautiful yacht,” added Tinkler.
Technology upgrades as part of the yacht’s five-year survey included a new AV and IT system, radar equipment, air conditioning and fresh air handling systems, along with the rebuild of the four generators.
A complete infrastructure repaint completed the refit works.
Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Susan Young Interiors were commissioned to evaluate the existing room and exterior layouts to reformulate spaces and improve flow between each area of the yacht.
Significant enhancements included reconfiguring the owner’s suite along with the addition of a 60 square metre private deck area.
The Jacuzzi was repositioned to the forward sun deck, and a cinema was integrated into the main salon.
Director at RWD, Tony Dixon, said a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials were selected “to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.”
Yachting Boating World: A man is being treated in hospital following a fire on a barge at Castlefield in Manchester. He is understood to have jumped into the canal to escape the flames.
Firefighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Castle Quay at 10.44am on 14 August, following reports of an engine fire.
Fire engines from Moss Side, Salford and Eccles, along with the fire service boat from Eccles, attended the incident.
The fire was out on arrival, but one man was given first aid before the ambulance service took him to hospital.
The man was working on the vessel’s engine when it caught fire.
He was forced to jump into the canal.
A spokesman from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said officers were on the scene for an hour.
The man suffered 10 per cent burns to his legs and arms.
Yachting Boating World: Giles Scott just has to complete the medal race on Tuesday to officially win Team GB’s fourth successive Olympic title in the Finn, after three straights from Sir Ben Ainslie.
The four-time world champion’s eighth and a second in the last two outings of his qualifying series gives him an unassailable lead going into the medal race on 16 August.
Scott, 29, said reaching this stage has been emotional.
“I know what it meant to me because of the way it made me feel towards the latter stages of that final race. I just found myself welling up, getting tingles as it slowly dawned on me what I had done,” he said.
“I wouldn’t put myself down as the emotional sort but I had a little cry to myself, which I’d like to think I don’t do that often. Just the emotions that kind of end up coming out of you in that situation, you can’t really prepare yourself for. It was amazing,” he continued.
“If you had have asked me would I have won the Olympic Games before the medal race in Rio, I would have said absolutely not just because of the venue it is,” noted Scott.
“But the racing we have had this week; I have managed to sail more consistently than everybody else at the top of the fleet. It has just landed me in this brilliant situation where I’ve got the points gap I need before the medal race and it’s such a privileged situation to be in,” he said.
Scott was congratulated by three time Finn Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie.
Yachting Boating World: Neil Salter has been named as the new managing director of Mylor Yacht Harbour in Cornwall. He will replace Robert Graffy who has stepped down.
Salter has spent the last 18 years working with Marina Development Limited (MDL), managing some of the largest marinas and their related operations in the UK. He has also set up marinas in Spain and Italy and has consulted widely within the industry.
Devon-born Salter has now moved to Cornwall from Southampton to head up the state-of-the-art marine business. Mylor Yacht Harbour has been built up by Graffy after he took the helm two decades ago.
Spotting its huge potential, he and his co-owner, wife Dinah, set about a £7 million investment programme to establish one of Cornwall’s busiest boatyards and marinas.
They aimed to match Mylor’s fabric and infrastructure to its natural environment.
Speaking following his appointment, Salter said: “This is a golden chance I couldn’t miss – a chance to use all my years of experience in the marine field, working with a fantastic team and building on Roger’s great legacy – all in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles.”
Nearly 100 people applied for the position. Graffy explained while Salter was “the dream candidate”.
“We needed someone who would share our values and was capable of building and growing the business and all the people in it,” said Graffy, who will remain as chairman and, with Dinah, will continue to own the company.
“We also wanted to find someone who was better than me – and I’m delighted to announce that such a person exists!” he continued.
“Neil believes in building great teams, delivering excellent customer service, developing sites, working safely and maximising financial performance – all of which makes him our dream candidate for the job,” concluded Graffy.
Salter will be in overall charge of all Mylor Yacht Harbour’s operations.
This includes its marine team of engineers, technicians and boat-builders, its boat storage and marina activities and developments.