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Two sailors rescued from capsized yacht off Isles of Scilly

Two sailors rescued from capsized yacht off Isles of Scilly

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:56am 7th July 2020.

Two sailors have been rescued from a capsized and damaged yacht off the Isles of Scilly.

The St Mary’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew was called out in the early hours of Monday morning.

Following a call for assistance from a satellite beacon that the stricken crew had been able to set off, the St Mary’s volunteer crew launched in rough seas shortly after midnight.

They arrived at 2:15 am where the HM Coastguard Rescue 924 helicopter was already at the scene.

The French trimaran yacht had suffered catastrophic hull failure and had capsized around 41 miles south of the Isles of Scilly as a result, with two people onboard.

Due to the weather conditions and the state of the vessel any attempt at winching the two casualties off the stricken yacht onto the helicopter was considered to be too dangerous.

capsized yacht isles of scilly

Any use of smaller vessels to get close was also deemed too dangerous due to the rigging and materials in the water around the yacht.

On that basis, it was decided that the two should enter the water in dry suits and pulled onto the lifeboat on a rope line.

This operation was carried out successfully and both members of the casualty crew were pulled to safety by the volunteers onto the RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads unharmed and in good spirits.

"All Covid-19 procedures were adhered to and the French crew were transported back to St Mary’s harbour and handed into the care of the Council of the Isles of Scilly where they were supplied with a place of rest, clothing and food while arrangements were made to transport them home."

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