• 2017 March 19 13:50

    South African nationals rescued from stricken yacht

    Three South African nationals have been re scued from their stricken yacht in the southern Indian Ocean by Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Parramatta yesterday evening, 18 March 2017, in a search and rescue operation coordinated by the Australian Maritime  Safety Authority (AMSA).

    AMSA’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre  (JRCC)  in Canberra detected  a distress be acon  registered to the 13 metre yacht  Jedi 1 around 7 pm AEDT on Thursday, 17 March. The yacht was located over 13 00 kilometres south west of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia on a journey from South Africa to New Zealand. AMSA deployed its  Perth - based Challenger search and rescue jet to the yacht’s location,  which arrived on scene around midnight on Thursday  and established VHF radio  communication  with the crew.

    The three male crew members of  the  Jedi 1 confirmed their yacht had been dismasted and  their intention to abandon the stricken vessel. Given the yacht’s remote location,  AMSA engaged the Royal Australian Navy for assistance  in  rescuing  the  Jedi 1 crew and HMAS Parramatta was deployed shortly after 2 am on Friday, 18  March. In a second sortie on Friday afternoon,  AMSA’s Challenger jet successfully dropped satellite  and radio communication equipment to the crew. AMSA maintained  regular communication  with the crew until the arrival of the  HMAS Parramatta at  9 pm on Saturday evening.

    HMAS Parramatta ’s Seahawk helicopter  successfully winched all three crew members  to  safety and they are reported to be in  good health. Last night’s rescue  was  the second major yacht rescue coordinated by AMSA in as many  weeks, following the rescue  of two international s aboard the sailing vessel  Val on 8 March in  high seas  about 400 kilometres north - east  of Sydney.


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