Yachting Boating World: The yacht suffered major damage after it drifted onto the rock armour at Rosslare Harbour in Co. Wexford, Ireland. The RNLI rescued the two people on board.

 

Rosslare RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at 3.45am on 14 September following a distress call from a yacht with two people on board.

The eight-metre vessel had suffered engine failure and drifted onto the rock armour at Rosslare Harbour.

The crew were seeking shelter from the weather, which had worsened to a strong force seven north westerly gale. The RNLI says the wind was blowing into the mouth of Rosslare Harbour.

When the lifeboat crew arrived, they found that one of the yacht’s crew had been able to leave the boat and make it onto the rocks.

However, due to high waves and the rocks, it was not possible to attach a towline to the yacht from the lifeboat.

Two of the RNLI crew successfully managed to get the remaining occupant off the boat from the land side of the harbour. The lifeboat remained offshore providing cover.

The couple were brought to the lifeboat station to get warm and recover from their ordeal. They were also provided with dry clothes. They are currently being looked after by villagers at Rosslare Harbour.

Speaking after the incident, the Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, Jamie Ryan, praised the efforts of the lifeboat crew.

“It was a challenging rescue in the early hours as the boat was getting dashed against the rocks and we needed to get the two crew members to safety,” he said.

“The best way to recover them was from the land side, with the lifeboat providing cover from the sea,” continued the press officer.

“The boat has suffered major damage, but the two people are recovering well from the incident. The couple, who are not from Ireland, are being looked after by the people of Rosslare,” concluded Ryan.

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Yachting Boating World: The couple remain in a stable condition in hospital after their yacht hit power lines on the Isle of Harris, Western Isles in Scotland.

 

The couple were moving their yacht on a trailer at Ardhasaig Jetty on the Isle of Harris when the mast hit live power lines. Both of them were electrocuted in the incident.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) received a call just after 3pm on 12 June from the Scottish Ambulance Service requiring assistance.

Coastguard shore teams from Tarbert and Scalpay responded, helping paramedics in getting one of the casualities from the yacht into an ambulance.

The couple were taken to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, Lewis, where they are said to be in a stable condition.

A spokesman for the MCA said the yacht was between two power cables.

Engineers from Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution were called in to remove the mast and make the area safe.

A spokesman for the electric company said: “Our engineers attended Ardhasaig, where the mast of a yacht had struck our overhead line. The boat was being moved with its mast fully erect and struck the line.”

He added: “Industry regulations state that the minimum height of power lines should be 5.8 metres across roads and paths, the line that was struck was 7.3 metres from the ground. In order for our engineers to extricate the mast from the line, the power was turned off for approximately one hour.”

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Practical Boat Owner: One yachtsman was killed, another lost overboard and three rescued from the 65ft yacht Platino, in extreme conditions off the coast of New Zealand.

 

Two men and a woman have been rescued from their battered yacht, Platino, around 550 kilometres north of New Zealand by the crew of the container ship Southern Lily.

Yesterday, the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) was alerted at 11.20am that one man had been killed and another man knocked overboard from the 20m Platino, which sustained serious rigging damage in winds of up to 75km/h (40 knots).

Sea conditions were described as ‘extremely dangerous’ and ‘too hazardous to be on deck’. The search area is out of range to all but fixed wing aircraft.

A search by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) got under way yesterday for the missing crewman, aged 63, who is believed to have been swept overboard after being hit by the boom in high winds, which later caused the yacht’s rigging to collapse before midday yesterday.

The body of the man who died remained on board – as his fellow crew tried to secure the rigging and the mast that was drifting alongside the yacht.

The RCCNZ kept in contact with the three remaining crew overnight via satellite phone.

The container ship Southern Lily re-routed and a rescue line was used to help get the trio safely on board around 3pm today.

Meanwhile, an RNZAF P3 Orion resumed searching today for the missing sailor.

The aircraft subsequently took position above the two vessels later this morning, to provide support and communications during the rescue of the three crew from Platino.

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Practical Boat Owner: A Scottish man and an Irish woman has died yesterday in the West Coast of South Africa, when their yacht capsized off Western Cape.

 

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) crews received reports of a yacht capsizing from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

An NSRI sea rescue craft was then launched and rescue vehicles from the South African Police Services, EMS rescue squad, Police Dive Unit and WC Government Health responded and found the yacht Tara broken up amongst rocks on the shore line.

It is still unknown what caused the yacht to run aground and the South African Maritime Safety Authority will continue to investigate, as it could not be confirmed if the yacht had capsized before running aground.

On board the yacht were three crew members reportedly sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town.

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There was one survivor, an 66-year-old Irish man, a resident in the Western Cape, he had managed to get to shore and raised the alarm. He was not injured.

The bodies of a 61-year-old Scotsman, and a 49-year-old Irish woman, both also residents in the Western Cape, were recovered from the scene and Paramedics confirmed that they were both dead.

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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.

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A couple had to be rescued yesterday after their yacht crashed into a metal buoy and sank

Two sailors had to be rescued by volunteers from East Yorkshire lifeboat station yesterday after their yacht sank on the River Humber.

The couple, from Pontefract, had been sailing on the river when their 26ft yacht crashed into a large metal buoy known as the Whitton Light Float.The incident, which occurred at around 1pm, caused the yacht to sink within a matter of seconds and forced the pair to cling to the buoy that they had crashed into.Emergency services were contacted from their mobile phones and Humber rescue went to the aid of the couple.

Neither of the sailors needed hospital treatment and the yacht was recovered, allowing the pair to retrieve any valuables that had been onboard.

Crewmember Jon Wray told the Hull Daily Mail: “Incidents of this nature show the value of volunteer emergency workers. Although we all have jobs to do, our pride in Humber Rescue drives us forward as a team when a call for help comes in.”

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British Marine Foundation event encourages people to get into boating

The British Marine Foundation has organised an event for boaters of all ages. ‘Try a boat for free’ will run over the bank holiday weekend Saturday 24 May to Sunday 25 May in Dartmouth, Devon.

The event, now in its third year, marks National Water Sports Month and provides hundreds of people with the opportunity to get out on the water.

A variety of motorboats, RIBs and yachts will be available for use. Qualified skippers and training officers will be on hand during the weekend to answer questions and offer guidance to anyone looking to become involved with boating.

For more details visit www.bmfsouthwest.co.uk

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The RNLI were called out on Saturday evening when a yacht being sailed by its new owner ran aground on rocks at Redcar.

A yacht ran aground on rocks at Redcar on Saturday evening after trying to avoid Teesside wind farm.

Lifeboats came to the aid of the stricken yacht, which was being sailed for the first time by its new owner.

The two crewmen onboard were headed for Hartlepool Marina having purchased the boat at Whitby earlier in the day.

The grounded yacht was spotted just after 6pm by an off-duty Redcar RNLI volunteer.

Redcar RNLI’s Dave Cocks said: “When our volunteer crew got alongside the yacht, the two men on board told them one of the men had just bought the yacht and this was their first attempt to sail it.”

“In an attempt to avoid sailing through the Teesside Wind Farm, they decided to stay close inshore but unfortunately that brought them into contact with rocks off Redcar.”

Two RNLI volunteers joined the crew onboard the yacht and waited for the tide to rise.

At 11.40pm the yacht was refloated and escorted to Hartlepool as the crew were unable to navigate the vessel in the dark.

Mr Cocks said: “Neither of the yacht’s crew were able to navigate at night, so two of our crew remained on board for the passage to Hartlepool.”

“The yacht was not carrying navigation charts so, even if they had been qualified, they couldn’t have plotted a route.”

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