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.
Motorboat & Yachting: An emergency rescue off Exmouth saw four people lifted from the water after their 18ft speedboat sank yesterday.
Four people were rescued off a sinking speedboat near Exmouth yesterday, prompting a Coastguard warning about preparing for the unexpected.
Three adults and one teenager were safely lifted from the water after their 18-footer began taking on water between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
RNLI Exmouth responded to the distress call by launching lifeboat R and J Welburn and reported that only one of the people onboard the stricken vessel was wearing a lifejacket. All four were given medical attention at Exmouth Marina after the successful rescue mission.
Peter Davies from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The person who called us this afternoon did exactly the right thing by calling for help at the earliest opportunity.
“Because they called when they did the amount of time the group spent in the cold sea was mercifully short.” He added that all boatowners should “prepare for the unexpected” even when taking a short tip out on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Recommended measures include taking enough lifejackets and personal floatation devices, and investing in a VHF or DSC radio, which can raise a distress in the event that your mobile phone does not have enough signal.
Pratical Boat Owner: A family of six were rescued from a yacht which became adrift in rough weather and ran aground off the Pembrokeshire coast. Angle RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 12.47am last Friday, 2 April, following a Mayday call from the 11-metre yacht.
The All Weather Lifebat (ALB) was unable to get close enough due to the shallow water so the Y Boat was launched and maneuvered alongside the yacht in up to 2.4 metre breaking swell to evacuate the two adults and four children on board.
After several attempts, and often being swamped by the waves, the Y Boat made four successful transfers of the casualties onto the ALB.
The casualties, who were ‘wet, cold and shaken by their ordeal’, were taken to Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) Jetty where they were helped by awaiting auxiliary coastguards.
With the yacht’s crew safe ashore the ALB went back to the scene, with the skipper on board, to liaise with the inshore lifeboat (ILB) in an attempt to tow the yacht to safety but due to the sea conditions no attempt was made.
The ILB returned to station whilst the ALB landed the skipper ashore at the MHPA before returning to station at 2.47am.
Yachting & Boating World: Two young men were rescued off the coast of Chichester after their GP14 capsized in a sudden shift of wind direction, which broke the dinghy’s boom.
Two men were rescued off the coast of Chichester after making a mayday call via VHF. The pair had been sailing in the area when they decided to venture out of the harbour, not realising that the strong south westerly wind over a rapidly ebbing tide had produced a lumpy sea off the harbour mouth.
As they sailed into this area the wind suddenly veered to north westerly and gusts increased under a weather front, which produced heavy rain. The GP14 came off a wave and the wind caught it, breaking the boom. With the mainsail billowing, the boat capsized. The crew attempted to right the boat but with the sail full of water, they snapped the centerboard.
After calling for help via a waterproof VHF radio, Hayling Island RNLI attended the scene within seven minutes, finding the boat being pounded by waves.
One of the crew said he felt unwell after swallowing sea water so was taken aboard the lifeboat and taken ashore. A volunteer crewmember stayed at the scene in a Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) rib, righting the dinghy with the second casualty aboard. The man was now very cold and suffering from hypothermia and was quickly taken ashore by the HISC rib where ambulance personnel met him.
Following the incident, the lifeboat organised a tow for the batter dinghy with an RNLI crewman onboard. The RNLI’s Colin Parke said: “It was pretty rough so that when a wave overtook me I lost sight of the lifeboat until I rode the next wave!”
Both men recovered quickly in the lifeboat station and were declared fit and well by ambulance crew.