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Yachting Monthly: £155,000 worth of yacht abandoned. Three yachtsmen rescued from a life-raft after their 49ft yacht sank in the Atlantic were not insured for her loss

Leonard and Lisa Rorke’s £155,000 Beneteau Oceanis, last surveyed in 2007, was taking in water during a storm 900 miles off Bermuda, so they took to the liferaft with crewman Henri Worthalter and a pet dog.

They were picked up by a British-registered tanker the 351ft Tilda Kosan on passage to Mexico with a freight of gas.

The tanker’s captain used superb seamanship to range alongside the raft in the dark in rough conditions and take them off.

Leonard Rorke, 55, said: ‘We really did not think we were going to live. We were clinging on for our lives when we were found.’

The couple from Oundle, Northamptonshire only had the boat insured for Third Party claims.

They have two daughters back home at their £300,000 detached home.

See article at Yachting Monthly

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