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Old 02 August 2004, 23:12   #41
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The lads are fine.

Had a call an hour ago...have chatted to Alan.

The boat's down. But the crew are all safe and in Stornaway. Thank God. They've just dealt with media and the Coastguard were brill.

Alan, Egbert, Kevin and Paul are all fine and having a rest now.

The hull was breached and it was almost instantaneous.

You can help, if you're reading this.

Please post a positive message for them.


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Old 02 August 2004, 23:41   #42
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Thank goodness they are alright,sounds like they must have hit something,they must be feeling really down now.I hope its something that can be sorted.At least it happened within coastguard range.

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Old 03 August 2004, 01:26   #43
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Well I'm not 100% clear about what Kathleen means by "down", "breached" and "instantaneous" - terrible images come to mind - so natrually pleased to hear all are well.

So it's back to the pub then?
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Old 03 August 2004, 01:44   #44
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Press Notice No: Duty Notic
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Posted 00:44 GMT

An emergency operation has been launched to rescue four people from a sinking yacht in the North Atlantic.

At just after 8.36 p.m. this evening an emergency call was received from `The Spirit’, a 35ft American-registered ketch which was in distress 200 miles north west of Stornoway on Lewis with four men on board. The crew reported that they were from Portsmouth with one crew member from Canada. The original distress call had been picked up by the Coastguard in Halifax, Nova Scotia from a beacon alert from on board the vessel and was passed to the UK. The vessel was on passage from Belfast to Reykjavik in Iceland.
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter `Mike Uniform’ was scrambled and an RAF Nimrod aircraft was also launched from Kinloss to provide top cover for the helicopter.
The crew from the vessel reported that they had been hit by a wave which had fractured the hull and that they were taking water. They were also wearing survival suits and required immediate assistance.
They reported that the water was up to the gunwales and the deck was awash. They also had lifejackets and a liferaft. One crew member was suffering from shock. They reported that they were cold and had hand held torches, but that the batteries were running low. The crew had also cleared an area on the sinking yacht of two metres by two metres to allow for a winchman from the helicopter to be lowered to the deck. All aerials had also been removed.
The Coastguard also broadcast a mayday signal into the area for any other vessel to assist. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel `Fort George’ responded and is currently on her way to the yachts position. This vessel can also provide fuel for the helicopter and had medical facilities on board in the case of a medical emergency
As the Nimrod aircraft circled the area and was ready to drop rescue crafts for the men, the Coastguard rescue helicopter was able to winch a man down to the deck and take all four off at just after midnight before heading back towards the RFA vessel.

Posted by: Mark Clark

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Old 03 August 2004, 01:46   #45
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Bbc Report


It seems if you are going to have a problem at sea, these boys are the ones to have it with!

Well done lads and good to know you're safe and well.
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Old 03 August 2004, 01:48   #46
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Well done

Well done for the professional way in which the situation was dealt with, good drills, well prepared, SURVIVED!
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Old 03 August 2004, 02:42   #47
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Thinking of you all!
Glad to hear you are safe & well, take care!
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Old 03 August 2004, 03:08   #48
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Can someone just confirm what has happened to the boat.

Looking at the bbc site and stuff above it appears to have sunk?

It is of course great news that everyone is fine and a credit to planning on Alan's and others.

Regards to all

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Old 03 August 2004, 03:17   #49
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Stunned by the news this morning. Very glad to hear all are safe and well.

Congrats to Alan and crew for keeping a cool head in a nasty situation, and many thanks to the rescue services for doing what they do best.

Perhaps the BBC will learn the differance between a yacht and a motor boat one day.
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Old 03 August 2004, 03:23   #50
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Relieved to hear that all the crew are safe and well.

Chins up lads - worse things happen at... er.... well, you know what I mean.


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