sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : A Day in the Life of the Coastguard: Lone yachtsman search

A Day in the Life of the Coastguard: Lone yachtsman search

'A day in the life of...'    .

At 3pm yesterday (Thursday),the UK's Portland Coastguard received a VHF call from a vessel on passage from Portland to Par who had intercepted a VHF radio call from a yacht. The skipper of the vessel Sea Seeker passed information received from the yacht.

The skipper of the yacht had been calling on his radio but his signal was not being received by the Coastguard possibly due to weak radio signal.


The skipper of Sea Seeker relayed information from the lone yachtsman, who was reporting that he had engine failure and was drifting. He also was passing coordinates that were inaccurate.

MRCC Brixham and MRCC Portland carried out a communications search and initiated VHF Broadcasts to locate the single-handed Yacht Blue Days reportedly suffering mechanical failure, becalmed and unsure of its position whilst on passage from Dover to Largs, Scotland.

Enquiries revealed that the yacht had been purchased two weeks ago in Dover and no current details of the new owner were held on Coastguard databases (CG66).

Just before 10pm, MRCC Brixham managed to contact the vessel by mobile phone. All was well on board but assistance was still required as the vessel had no power, was unable to sail and still not able to give an accurate position.

In order to locate the casualty vessel, the yachtsman was instructed to activate the on-board emergency positioning indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). Once this had been done, an accurate position was obtained and Torbay RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch to the casualty and tow it back safely to Brixham.

Brixham Watch Manager, Mark Satchell said:

It is important to keep vessel ownership records updated and to contact Coastguard stations to pass passage information details to assist in locating vessels should an incident occur. It helps us to help you.

The 77 year old lone yachtsman has been invited to the Operations room after getting a good nights sleep so the Coastguard can help him with a passage plan and set up a communications schedule to assist him in his voyage to Scotland.




by Fred Caygill, MCA

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=82191

8:56 PM Thu 7 Apr 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Safety and the cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

02 Nov 2013  CYCA Trust improves search capabilities in Queensland
27 Oct 2013  Marlborough joins the NZ debate on compulsory life jackets
09 Oct 2013  Transmitter maintenance could affect BBC Marine Forecast
05 Oct 2013  World's most dangerous waters, by the WWF and Allianz
02 Sep 2013  Six basic rules for taking your pet sailing
21 Aug 2013  New Zealand's South Island better at wearing life jackets
28 Jun 2013  RNLI Sea Safety Guide - now interactive
24 Jun 2013  USA's Women Coast Guard - the effort for recognition since 1915
10 Jun 2013  WARNING against electronic flares
02 Jun 2013  Death report points to life raft stowage failure
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World



The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show by Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends,


Are you ready to enter that marina? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida














Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,
















World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida












The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,










World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali by World Cruising Club,




Cowes Breakwater causes new tidal flow
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse
Dinghy Safety - More to think about
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time
What can you do to prevent electrocution and ESD?
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting
Salty Dawg Rally Seminar Series planned October 8 in Annapolis
Europe tightens up on skippers competency certification
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail
NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for nearly 200 years
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens
A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0 now available
BNS Leopold I to commence counter-piracy operations
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'
Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
Death by Dinghy
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
Coast Guard searching for two boaters near St. Petersburg   
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act   
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub   
PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 - 2 for £24 ticket offer ends soon   
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!   
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is   
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean   
European Odyssey boats arrive in Lanzarote + Video   
Multiagency rescue at Dunraven Bay + Video   
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys   
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin   
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat   
European Odyssey visits Porto   
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature   
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014   
Where in the world are our strongest corals?   
Baltic 4 Nations fleet arrive into Stralsund City Marina   
Huff of Arklow nearing completion, expected on the water next month   
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea   
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT