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Dramatic rescue footage as yacht starts sinking

Dramatic rescue footage as yacht starts sinking

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:10am 19th November 2019.

Dramatic footage has emerged after a 70ft yacht started sinking off the Cornish coast.

The vessel started taking on water near St Ives, causing the electrics and pumps to fail.

Her crew put out a Mayday call after abandoning ship and jumping onto a life raft.

The Coastguard helicopter and the St Ives lifeboat launched a major rescue on Monday morning.

Two men were airlifted to safety as the boat sank beneath them but, luckily, escaped uninjured.

Scroll down to watch the moment the men were airlifted to safety as their yacht sank.

Yacht rescue St Ives
Dramatic rescue footage has been released after a 70ft yacht started sinking off the Cornish coast

The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter (R924) from Newquay and the St Ives RNLI all-weather lifeboat were sent to the rescue by Falmouth Coastguard. 

A nearby fishing vessel, Cornishman, had also heard the radio distress message and went to offer help.

The search and rescue helicopter from Newquay arrived at 6.15am and quickly spotted the two men in their life raft. 

They were winched into the aircraft and airlifted to the helicopter's base at Newquay for medical checks and welfare support. 

Thankfully, neither of the two were injured and made same-day plans to get home.

The FV Cornishman collected the now abandoned life raft and advised Falmouth Coastguard that the yacht sank.

"The crew took exactly the right course of action. Their immediate mayday call on VHF Channel 16 enabled us to pinpoint their position and get help to them quickly. 

"Wearing life jackets and deploying their life raft increased the likelihood of their survival as the yacht sank beneath them.

"We would like to acknowledge the prompt, professional response of the helicopter and lifeboat as well as the crew of the FV Cornishman in this fast-moving incident".

Jon Wood, Falmouth Coastguard

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