Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Crew praised for rescuing yachties


CREW of a Singapore-flagged cargo ship have been praised for rescuing two Australian sailors from their stricken yacht.

The two yachties were sailing from Indonesia to Australia on their vessel Jepeda IV when, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, they lost their mast in rough weather.

Unable to navigate safely, the couple activated a distress beacon at 11.30pm AEST on Sunday.

AMSA tasked its Challenger search and rescue jet from Cairns to find the yacht and issued a broadcast to shipping in the area requesting aid.

A nearby ship, the IVS Phinda (IMO 9700940) responded to the AMSA broadcast and diverted to the stricken yacht’s location overnight.

The crew of the IVS Phinda rescued the couple shortly after first light this morning.

AMSA manager of search and rescue, Alan Lloyd, said the rescue was in the true spirit of seamanship.

“The sea can be a dangerous place and it’s reassuring to know that help is always at hand,” Mr Lloyd said.

“We commend the crew of the IVS Phinda for their efforts.”

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