Dramatic moment stricken British sailor stranded 500 miles off the coast of Cornwall is rescued by a super tanker in 13ft swell
- A commercial ship together with the French patrol and the RAF saved him
- The sailor was unharmed, but his boat, Helena, was disabled and wrecked
- The super tanker, 20 hours away, set sail to rescue the sailor in 13ft swell
Incredible photos show the moment when a ravaged sailor, stranded 500 miles off the coast of Cornwall, was rescued in 13-foot waves by a super tanker.
A commercial vessel coordinated with the French patrol and the RAF to rescue a sailor and his yacht.
The French maritime patrol and the RAF, after recording an emergency alert, were able to reach the unharmed sailor 500 miles offshore in the Atlantic.
The Seaways Reymar, a 229-meter super tanker, was 20 hours away from Helena (pictured) when it diverted to help rescue the ravaged sailor in 13-foot waves
But his yacht, Helena, was out of gear and without a mast, and the man had to be safely removed from the boat.
The Seaways Reymar, a 229-meter super tanker, was 20 hours from Helena and reached the yacht the day after the distress signal was registered.
In 13 foot swells, the ship’s crew and captain worked for eight hours to bring the sailor to safety.
Seaways Reymar’s crew and master (pictured) worked eight hours to get the stranded sailor to safety
HM Westguard’s Matthew West said, “This long-range rescue operation included coordination with the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Center and support from the RAF because it is located 500 miles off the coast far beyond the reach of rescue helicopters.
The sailor was rescued by enormous seamanship, demonstrated by the captain and crew of the ‘Seaways Reymar’, who changed course and stayed on site for eight hours to ensure the sailor’s safe recovery.
“In addition to the skipper’s EPIRB satellite beacon that first informed us of the situation on Friday, we were also helped by the fact that the vessel was broadcasting on AIS, which was very helpful in determining the position of the vessel. hunt’