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PLB Where? Permanently attached to your person of course By An Ancient Mariner, 8:18 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012
If you are, or have a yen to be, a solo sailor, the place for your PLB is around your waist, on your life jacket or somehow else attached to your person. 'I don't intend to get washed overboard, I concentrate all my efforts on staying onboard,' you might say. Good reply, but here's an incident this week that could change your mind, and this could have happened to anyone, any time, any place. . ...[more]

PLB saves life of another solo sailor By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:40 PM Tue 9 Oct 2012
He had been carrying his PLB since 2007 without ever needing it, but the day came... British solo sailing enthusiast, Richard Coles was wrenched from his boat while on the foredeck off the coast of Cornwall, but has lived to tell the story because in the water he was able to activate the personal locator beacon (PLB) attached to his body. ...[more]

Sinking sailor calls Mum By Nancy Knudsen, 3:23 PM Sat 6 Oct 2012
They're pretty cool Downunder, especially in Cairns. When a sailor's yacht was sinking this week, he didn't call rescue authorities, he called Mum. I guess when your sailing ground is full of islands, you think you don't need an EPIRB. The man, who has not yet been named, merely took to his dinghy and went to the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge for the night. But there was a problem. ...[more]

Sinking sailor calls Mum By Nancy Knudsen, 2:43 PM Sat 6 Oct 2012
They're pretty cool up in Cairns. When a sailor's yacht was sinking this week, he didn't call rescue authorities, he called Mum. I guess when your sailing ground is full of islands, you think you don't need an EPIRB. The man, who has not yet been named, merely took to his dinghy from his sinking yacht, and went to the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge for the night. But there was a problem. ...[more]

Dangerous rescue brings more awards for three By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:36 PM Sun 23 Sep 2012
As cruising sailors it is all too easy to take for granted that the rescue authorities will be there when we need them but the harrowing stories of dangerous rescues are just what we need to be humbled by their contribution. A civilian medal has been awarded to three men at the core of a daring and dangerous rescue in New Zealand. Read their story: ...[more]

Dismasted yacht with no EPIRB waits 10 hours for rescue By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, , 9:54 PM Sat 1 Sep 2012
If you don't have an EPIRB on board you might wait a long time for a rescue. It was in the early hours of the morning when a home-built Belgian yacht, Taunea, collided with a vessel around 30nm off the coast of Devon in the UK. The collision dismasted the yacht and left the solo sailor adrift with no rigging, engine or communications. ...[more]

Hopes faded for missing WA sailor By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 6:51 AM Sun 19 Aug 2012
With hope fading for locating the sailor missing now for two days off the coast of Busselton in Western Australia, the family of 76-year-old Ian Shardlow have thanked the rescue workers for the efforts to find him. When he was reported overdue on Thursday a search was initiated at 6.30pm and his catamaran found with the motor running and no sails hoisted. ...[more]

Search underway in WA for missing sailor By West Australian/Sail-World, 8:34 AM Fri 17 Aug 2012
Deep concerns are held for a sailor off the West Australian town of Busselton after a small sailing catamaran was found by volunteer rescue personnel with nobody onboard. A search was initiated when the sailor was found to be missing, and the would-be rescuers then discovered the catamaran. ...[more]

EPIRB proves its worth in sudden capsize- seven French sailors rescued By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 8:17 AM Sat 4 Aug 2012
The EPIRB once again proved its worth. Seven French sailors whose catamaran capsized off Skye off the west coast of Scotland were rescued after an emergency beacon alerted the coastguard to their plight. The suddenness of the capsize meant that the crew did not have time to manually activate beacons. ...[more]

What does it feel like to lose your boat? Tearful skipper tells By nk, 11:52 AM Mon 9 Jul 2012
What does it feel like to lose your sailing boat to the sea? To escape only with your life? Most of us hope we shall never find out. The skipper of a stricken yacht last week described the devastating moment he was forced to ‘abandon ship’ recently in the middle of the Atlantic. ...[more]

Norwegian Star to the rescue of six sailors By Lee Mylchreest, , 11:46 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012
The cruise passengers on the Norwegian Star received more than their money's worth in entertainment this week, when the Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship rescued six sailors suffering from severe seasickness and the loss of their rudder. ...[more]

Search underway for two - English and Australian - shipwrecked sailors By Mailonline/Sail-World Cruising, 9:03 AM Sat 16 Jun 2012
A desperate search for two sailors, an Englishman and an Australian, is underway after their yacht the Navillus was wrecked on an island in the Pacific Ocean yesterday. ...[more]

Cool 'missing' skipper found with jury-rigged sail By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 11:35 AM Wed 13 Jun 2012
The story is out about a catamaran which was 'missing' for more than a week in the Atlantic Ocean. The yacht went missing on 2nd June, when on a journey from Antigua in the Caribbean to Falmouth in the UK and had been out of radio contact. ...[more]

Sailors rescued by Japanese bulk carrier By Sail-World Cruising, 7:32 AM Mon 11 Jun 2012
There were two Japanese, 19 Filipinos and three Vietnamese on board and not an Australian in sight but they were a welcome growing dot on the horizon when the two sailors on the yacht Mehitable put out a distress call this week 170 nautical miles off Brisbane. The merchant sailors were on their way to Newcastle on the bulk carrier Yahagi Maru when they heard the call of the drifting yacht. ...[more]

Two solo sailors lose their boats in Queensland incidents By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 9:49 AM Mon 4 Jun 2012
Two incidents off the Queensland coast involving solo sailors have again highlighted how easily and quickly one can run into trouble if all systems are not working well. In one incident, a wooden sailing boat unexpectedly started taking on water and sank, while in the other, a steel yacht hit rocks while the sailor was below dealing with a problem. It is intact, but high and dry. ...[more]

Resort heroes aid New Zealand sailors after yacht sinks By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 10:34 AM Fri 1 Jun 2012
Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef about 20nm east of Savusavu Harbour at the entrance to Somosomo Strait, between Taveuni island and Vanua Levu in Fiji, normally better known as an idyllic snorkeling and diving paradise. ...[more]

The sinking of the Titanic - what has it taught today's sailors? By Boat US/Sail-World Cruising, 9:22 AM Wed 11 Apr 2012
One of the most infamous ocean tragedies of all time is being remembered this week, the sinking of the Titanic, just 100 years ago, on April 15, 1912. America's Boat US Foundation asks - what have ocean travelers of today learned from the Titanic tragedy? ...[more]

DSC-connected VHF aids speedy rescue after dismasting By Joanne Groenenberg/Sail-World Cruising, , 3:57 PM Fri 6 Apr 2012
French sailor Louis Segre who was sailing a 6.5 Mini Transat yacht in gale force weather has been speedily rescued 26 miles south of the Isles of Scilly off the south western tip of England because of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) technology. His sailing boat Betelgeuse had been dismasted in the five metre seas. ...[more]

Another rescue by AMVER ship Northern Star - thank you AMVER! By Nancy Knudsen, , 12:59 PM Sun 11 Mar 2012
One of the main positive reasons for studying incidents at sea and rescues is to discover what can be learned vicariously, but the following story of a rescue has an equally important reason - the recognition of the vital global role that AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) plays in modern rescues. Read this latest anecdote first: ...[more]

New Zealand yacht lost on reef off Venezuela By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 3:01 PM Thu 1 Mar 2012
Reports just received indicate that a New Zealand owned yacht, Chinook Wind, has been wrecked on a reef about 100 nautical miles from the Dutch island of Bonaire in the Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela ...[more]

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