South Africa: Drama for lifeboatman as yacht hits reef and grounds at Cebe, on the Transkei Coast. Crew and dog wore life-jackets, safely ashore – 040813 1810z

“At 06h15 on Sunday the 4th of August NSRI East London volunteers were activated following reports of the 36 foot yacht BOUNDLESS reporting to have run aground at Cebe, approximately 450 km by road from East London, on the Transkei Coast.


Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said: The crew, a husband and wife, Graham and Sheryl Anley, and their Jack-Russel dog Rosie, all wearing life-jackets (the dog wearing a specially tailored dog life-jacket which has its own emergency strobe light attached), had managed to swim to shore safely after their boat hit a reef in the early hours of this morning and they raised the alarm after reaching shore.


Graham is an NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer.


We dispatched an EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter and on arrival on-scene they found the crew and dog safely ashore and not injured and the yacht severely damaged and high and dry on the high water mark.


Sherryl and Rosie were airlifted by the EMS rescue helicopter to our East London sea rescue base and a family back-packers lodge near to the scene are assisting Graham.


The EMS rescue helicopter crew had assisted to secure the yacht to the shore and personal belongings have been recovered from the yacht prior to departing for East London.


Efforts will be made by the couple to to arrange to salvage what they can of their yacht.


Sheryl and Rosie will return to the scene today and they will be assisted by the family of the back-packers lodge and take a few days to assess the situation and salvage what they can of the yacht.


Graham and Sheryl have respectively requested not to be contacted by media and NSRI will field any questions.


Graham told us they were headed on a 3 month break to Madagascar. Off Transkei they ran into very rough weather with wave heights of 7 meters which, despite their lowering sails and going onto motor power, eventually dragged their boat ashore and onto a reef.
As the incident happened Graham sent a Mayday radio distress call and activated the EPIRB (Global Positioning Distress beacon) but they were immediately forced to abandon ship and he first swam Rosie ashore safely before returning for his wife whose safety line had snagged on the steering gear.
Once safely ashore he raised the alarm by cell-phone.
Graham admits it is humbling, after 22 years as an NSRI volunteer, to have the shoe on the other foot and need to be rescued.

NSRI have expressed our delight that they are safe.” – NSRI

36 foot yacht BOUNDLESS (Photo: NSRI)


“The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a voluntary non-profit organization in South Africa tasked with saving lives at sea. It consists of 32 coastal stations and 3 inland stations serviced by 980 volunteers equipped with 92 rescue craft and 27 vehicles. [1]

The NSRI works closely with other Search and rescue organisations in South Africa, including the South African Search and Rescue Organisation, VEMA High Angle Rescue in KwaZulu Natal, the South African Navy and the South African Air Force to coordinate air-sea rescue as well as rescue on land.” –

Humber lifeboat & Coastguard aid yacht in distress – 081112 2315z

Tuesday (6 November 2012) saw the crew of the Humber lifeboat called into action after a distress call was made to the coastguard from a yacht suffering difficulties.

(Photo: RNLI/Ben Mitchell)
Humber RNLI treat sick crew member whilst assisting an 11m sailing vessel

The yachts steering had broken, making her unable to control; the call to the coastguard described the vessel ‘going around in circles’ and becoming disorientated and unable to pass a precise location.

Humber RNLI and a crew of six were launched at 2:21pm and using the information from the yacht and a passing transfer vessel were able to make best speed to an estimated location. They were then able to locate the stricken vessel and its two crew approximately thirteen miles South West of the lifeboat station.

A crew member from the lifeboat was put aboard to asses the situation and check the condition of the two crew. Once aboard it became apparent that one of the crew members of the yacht was suffering from the effects of seasickness.

Ben Mitchell one of the crew members at Humber RNLI was put aboard:

‘Once aboard, it was immediately apparent that one of the crew was in a particularly bad way suffering with seasickness. After discussion with the lifeboat Coxswain it was decided the best course of action would be to transfer the casualty on to the lifeboat were he would be able to receive the best possible care.’

Once the casualty was secure and stabilised aboard the lifeboat a tow line was passed and the yacht taken in tow back to Grimsby. The lifeboat kept in contact with Humber coastguard and arranged for a coastguard team to meet the lifeboat at Grimsby.

Ben continued:

‘Although the casualty’s condition was much improved on the journey home we decided to request a Coastguard team to meet us so they could ensure the casualty was alright and pass him on to the relevant medical professionals.’

The Humber lifeboat was back on its moorings, refuelled and ready for the next rescue mission by 7:25pm after over five hours at sea. This was the 32nd lifeboat call out in 2012 for the crew at Humber RNLI.

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.

Passenger plane finds distressed yacht with passenger’s binoculars

Wales Air Forum

By Sophie Griffiths

An Air Canada passenger plane which was bound for Sydney helped locate a yacht which was in distress in waters between Australia and New Zealand.

The flight was diverted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after it spotted an emergency beacon activated in the Tasman Sea.

Pilots reportedly descended to 1,800m altitude and used a passenger’s binoculars to find the vessel, the BBC said.

The boat with its lone sailor, was discovered some 310 miles east of Sydney.

The yachtsman is understood to have been adrift for around one week after losing his mast and running low on fuel. He had left Sydney two weeks earlier.

The Air Canada flight from Vancouver had 270 passengers and 18 crew on board  was diverted after 12 hours into the flight, flying an additional 400km as a result of the diversion, and landing 90 minutes behind schedule.

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Two rescued from yacht Little Vixen as it broke up on Southwold Harbour’s North Pier, by Southwold Lifeboat – Published 12 Aug 2012 1743 GMT/UTC

The yacht Little Vixen breaking up against the North Pier of Southwold Harbour.

Two crew had been washed off the boat at the point of capsize, and were attended to by medically trained RNLI crew before the arrival of coastguard and ambulance services.  – Southwold Lifeboat

RNLI lifeboats have launched a total of 126 times this weekend to save the lives of people in danger at sea.

US: 1 dead, 4 missing after 4 crew from race yacht swept overboard, then boat sent onto rocks

“A powerful wave swept four crew members off a sailboat during a race near San Francisco, leaving one person dead and four others missing, the Coast Guard said early Sunday.

The eight-member crew aboard the 38-foot Low Speed Chase was participating in a yacht race from San Francisco Bay around the Farallon Islands on Saturday afternoon as their craft ran aground. Seas were running high at 10-12 feet when the Low Speed Chase was hit by a larger wave and the four were washed overboard, Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read said.

“They turned the boat around to go rescue those people and they got hit by another wave,” sending the boat onto rocks, he said.

A Mayday call reporting the accident went out at about 3 p.m. PDT. Coast Guard and National Guard helicopters and water craft rescued three crew members who were clinging to rocks, Read said. The body of the other crew member was pulled from the water.

A Coast Guard helicopter, a cutter and a smaller boat were searching the waters around the islands, 27 miles west of San Francisco, as well as shoreline areas early Sunday for the missing crew members. Dozens of boats were registered for the Full Crew Farallones Race, running from the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay to the islands and back, about 60 miles round trip, Read said.

Rescuers found the three crew members on or near the shore clinging to rocks, about 300 feet from where their vessel was breaking up because of the powerful waves, he said.

They were wearing life vests and cold weather gear — equipment that gave rescuers hope in the search for the missing. “There is the possibility that the other four were also in the same kind of gear,” Read said. He said he didn’t know if the four missing were the same crew members who were swept from the boat. The search was expected to continue through the night, as long as there was a chance there were survivors, the Coast Guard said.

The names of the eight crew members were not released, and there was no immediate word on the condition of the three survivors. The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay expressed sympathy for the dead crew member and hope for those missing. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the missing crew in hopes they are returned home safely,” the association said in a statement on its website.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Low Speed Chase is based out of the San Francisco Yacht Club, located in Marin County’s Belvedere Cove. The manager of the club declined immediate comment.”

Sunday, 15 April, 2012 at 15:08 (03:08 PM) UTC RSOE

The Low Speed Chase, shown in 2009, ran aground near the Farallon Islands during a race that started in San Francisco.