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Skipper missing, non-sailor rescued mid-Pacific, updated By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, 4:54 AM Tue 30 Apr 2013
Update: The search has been called off. The only thing as horrifying as watching your boat sail away from you because you weren't clipped on could be realising your skipper has gone overboard and you, who can't sail at all, are left in the middle of an ocean alone. ...[more]

Bay of Biscay rescue prompts plea from Coastguard By Joanne Rawling/Sail-World Cruising, , 6:52 AM Tue 23 Apr 2013
The classic schooner that won Britain's 2012 Pendessnis Cup has had to come to the aid of a lone Norwegian sailor in the Bay of Biscay, an incident which has prompt the British Coastguard to make yet another plea for sailors to be equipped with communication equipment when they leave port. ...[more]

Dismasted Russian solo sailor rescued in Bass Strait By Des Ryan, , 6:02 AM Tue 23 Apr 2013
It was a quest that many dream of, but few see to fruition. 47-year-old Sergey Zjukov built his own 24ft boat and sailed it across the Atlantic twice before setting off from Portugal on a solo round-world journey. He had successfully sailed past two of the Great Capes - Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin, but made one big mistake. ...[more]

Australian River Bar yacht drama: five beached including rescuers By Northern Star/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:28 PM Wed 17 Apr 2013
Australian River Bar drama: Five people plucked from high seas off the coast of Ballina on the eastern Australian coastline early in the morning this week, including the crew of the town's Marine Rescue boat, were lucky to have been found at all. This is according to the rescuing Jet Boat spokesman Elton Cummings ...[more]

Ballina Bar yacht drama: five beached including rescuers By Northern Star/Sail-World Cruising, 11:22 AM Mon 15 Apr 2013
Ballina Bar drama: Five people plucked from high seas off the coast of Ballina early this morning, including the crew of the town's Marine Rescue boat, were lucky to have been found at all, spokesman Elton Cummings for the Ballina Jet Boat has said. One survived by staying in an airpocket under the yacht. ...[more]

Abandoned Wolfhound found drifting, mast intact, two months later By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, 6:33 AM Mon 15 Apr 2013
The winds were fifty knots, the seas were 20ft and the visibility was almost nil. It took a brave crew in a HC-130 Hercules to find the yacht. After a gruelling six hours, two merchant vessels who had been diverted from their courses reached the distressed sailing boat and rescued the four crew. But the crew were only frightened - their yacht was the safest place they could have been that night. ...[more]

Sailor and his rescuer dead in breaking river bar tragedy By Des Ryan, 9:28 AM Fri 12 Apr 2013
A rescuer and a sailing crew member have lost their lives when the 10m German yacht Meri Tuuli tried unsuccessfully to enter Portugal's Figueira da Foz river bar late afternoon, and broached in 5m breaking waves. The boat was dismasted and both the yacht and the rescue RIB ended up on the beach. The rescuer who died was a member of Policia Maritima - Portugal's Maritime Police. ...[more]

Rescued sailor steps up to repay his rescuers By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, 9:25 AM Mon 1 Apr 2013
Whether you sail in Europe, America or Australia, volunteers are the life blood of the rescue system and many a cruising sailor owes their life and/or their boat's survival to them. Many of us take volunteer rescuers for granted, but here's the story of one sailor who was so moved by the actions of his rescuers that he decided to actively repay them. ...[more]

Behind the scenes - the story of one rescue By Nancy Knudsen, , 10:15 AM Sun 17 Mar 2013
What happens behind the scenes during a rescue of a sailing boat mostly remains unknown - the difficulties of the rescuers are considered hardly newsworthy compared with the real and present danger of those in trouble. That maybe true, but the efforts and bravery of the rescuers need acknowledging, such as in this story recorded by a spokesman for the rescuers - on the south coast of Britain. ...[more]

Was it a hoax or have a sailing family perished at sea? By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 11:55 AM Wed 27 Feb 2013
Was it an expensive hoax or has a Californian family including two young children been lost at sea? The Coast Guard this week called off the search for a boat that may have sunk in turbulent seas far off the California coast, saying nothing more could be done and that the family's distress calls might have been a hoax. ...[more]

Another very modern rescue in the Atlantic By US Coastguard/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:06 AM Mon 28 Jan 2013
The world of the successful modern rescue has to be a symphony of modern electronics and international cooperation. Three sailors on a yacht, dismasted almost half way between Europe and America, were rescued after their distress signal was picked up by satellite. The registration of their EPIRB showed as Polish and the three sailors are now on their way to Norway, rescued by a Barbudan ship ...[more]

Amazing rescue: 'We couldn't have done it without the planes' By Peter Campbell/Sail-World, , 10:42 AM Tue 22 Jan 2013
The rescue of French round-the-world sailor Alain Delord from a remote spot in the Southern Ocean was an amazing coordination between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Dornier aircraft that overflew him and a cruise ship that sailed 50 hours out of its way to rescue him. ...[more]

Update: desperate rescue quest for sailor in life raft, Southern Ocean By AMSA/Sail-World Cruising, 11:33 AM Sun 20 Jan 2013
Alain Delord, French solo sailor attempting a circumnavigation in his A35 yacht Tchouk Tchouk Nougat, has been dismasted some 400 nm south of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean. He is now in a liferaft pending rescue by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, having abandoned his yacht, which had suffered hull damage during the dismasting. ...[more]

French solo sailor abandoned yacht the Southern Ocean, in life raft By AMSA/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:32 AM Sat 19 Jan 2013
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating the rescue of Alain Delord, French solo sailor attempting a circumnavigation in his A35 yacht Tchouk Tchouk Nougat. Delord has been dismasted some 400 nm south of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean and has taken to a life raft after abandoning his yacht, which had suffered hull damage during the dismasting. ...[more]

Looking Back on 2012: 10 Most Memorable Rescues By Nancy Knudsen, 11:37 AM Wed 2 Jan 2013
No sailor wants to be rescued - that is, wants to be in a position to need rescuing. The old adage of, 'You should step UP to be rescued' sends the strongest message that a good sailor never abandons a boat unless it is sinking beneath you. However, with more and more sailors taking to the high seas, the rescues continue to increase. Here are Sail-World's 10 Most Memorable Rescues of 2012 ...[more]

Sailor rescued after eight days adrift By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 7:11 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012
His best Christmas present was a rescue by some fishermen after drifting for eight days aboard his disabled sailing boat. American sailor Kenneth Putney, 54, of Florida, was steering Captain Force, which was one of three boats, two tug boats towing a yacht, making their way from the Philippines to Thailand when they encountered a severe storm. ...[more]

AMVER to the rescue - two Canadian sailors rescued off Bermuda By AMVER/Sail-World Cruising, 12:06 PM Mon 17 Dec 2012
AMVER (The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System) is at it again. Two Canadian sailors are safely aboard the Amver participating ship SMT Bontrup after requiring medical evacuation from their 34 foot sloop 260 miles northwest of Bermuda this week. ...[more]

Tuna boat attempts rescue of damaged yacht off WA coast By nk, , 6:10 PM Sat 8 Dec 2012
West Australian authorities have said could be more than 24 hours until three crew stranded on a damaged sailing boat over 30nm off the WA coastline in the Southern Ocean are back onshore. ...[more]

AMVER to the rescue again by calling on billionaire's superyacht By AMVER/Sail-World Cruising, 9:25 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012
AMVER, or the 'Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System', is a worldwide voluntary reporting system for ships, the brainchild of the United States Coast Guard. It renders often life-saving assistance in rescuing distressed sailors from yachts in trouble. Now it's done it again, this time by calling into service Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's megayacht Octopus. ...[more]

Sinking of the Bounty: A survivor tells his story By Katrina Koerting, Nelson County Times/Sail-World, 7:43 PM Tue 20 Nov 2012
Of all the nightmares that a cruising sailor might have about misadventures at sea, one of the most vivid is that of watching your boat sink while you climb into a life raft in a raging storm. What would it be like... how would you feel...? Here a survivor from the sinking of the HMAS Bounty, Chris Barksdale, tells his story to Katrina Koerting: ...[more]

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