Yachting & Boating World: Six crew with just one lifejacket between them were rescued off the coast of Devon after their motorboat capsized.
The RNLI and local fishermen worked together to help the stricken crew, two adults and four teenagers, following the incident on Sunday. Exmouth lifeboat was called to the scene at around 1.15pm after a volunteer spotted the upturned boat in the sea.
Meanwhile, five of the crew were rescued by a nearby fishing boat and a sixth was picked up by a passing yacht and later transferred to the RNLI lifeboat. Once in Exmouth Marina, all six crew were checked over by paramedics and ambulance staff for cold water shock.
Brixham Coastguard’s Andy Huber warned that all boat users should wear lifejackets, saying: “It’s very serious, if you do not wear a lifejacket you have the chance of drowning.” An RNLI lifeguard aboard a personal watercraft stood by the drifting vessel, which was then towed part sunken, ashore to Rodney Bay by the inshore lifeboat.
One of Britain’s best young sailors, Jess Eales, has been found dead near a car park in woodland in the New Forest.
Jess Eales, who turned 17 on July 30th, was discovered near a car park at around 9.30am the next day. The promising sailor had recently represented Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Portugal, finishing 11th against more than 365 competitors.
Meanwhile, in April, she won a gold medal at the RYA Youth National Championships in Weymouth and Portland.
RYA racing manager and performance director John Derbyshire told the Telegraph: “Jess was a very happy smiling girl and a part of our sailing community but that is only one of the aspects of her life, she also had her school, her family and friends.”
“This has been a complete shock to everyone who knew her, her family are just reeling and as a parent I don’t know how they are managing to deal with this.”
Meanwhile, RYA youth racing manager Mark Nicholls said: “The RYA is aware of the sad passing of British Youth Sailing Squad member Jessica Eales.”
“She was a young sailor who showed promising talent which can now unfortunately never be fulfilled. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”
The 17-year-old, who learned to sail in 2009, competed in the RS Feva XL class before progressing into the 29er skiff class. Police are not treating her death as suspicious and an inquest will be opened in due course.
The ‘fairly active’ summer storm is forecast to head for the UK over the next week. A Hurricane called Bertha, which is currently in the Caribbean, could head towards Europe over the next week, the Met Office has warned.
While all forecast models suggest the storm will head in the general direction of UK and continental Europe, there remains a lot of uncertainty about exactly what it will do.
One certainty is that as the storm heads north away from the very warm seas which drive its power, it will lose strength and become what’s known as an extra-tropical storm – so we won’t be seeing a ‘hurricane in Europe’, but there is a chance we could see a fairly active summer storm.
The development of hurricanes and extra tropical storms can present complexities for meteorologists, and Bertha is a good example of that.
The Met Office uses several world-leading forecast models as well as its own, and this gives an indication of how certain a forecast is. If all the models agree, there’s higher certainty, if they diverge, we know the atmosphere is finely balanced and there are several possible outcomes.
In the case of Bertha each of the models we use gives a very different picture of what the storm will do. This ranges from Bertha heading towards France as a weak feature which will completely miss the UK, to it arriving as a fairly active summer storm.
In terms of timing, there’s also a spread of possibilities – but it looks likely that the earliest Bertha would affect the UK would be on Sunday or into the start of next week.
As time progresses, different models normally come more in to line with each other and uncertainty decreases. The Met Office will be keeping an eye on how this situation develops over the next few days to give everyone in the UK the best advice on what Bertha is likely to do.
Given the time of year and the potential heavy rain, strong winds and large waves Bertha could bring if it does head to the UK, sailors are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings from the Met Office over the next few days.
See the forecast track for Bertha and other tropical storms on The Met Office StormTracker pages.