Kinsale RNLI lifeboat came to the rescue of a solo yachtsman on the weekend, who remaining Caribbean island Carriacou on Thursday 13 May perhaps, en route to the British isles. A few weeks in, the 51ft ketch casualty vessel misplaced motor ability, forcing the skipper to continue his 6,500km journey less than sail.
The yachtsman instructed his rescuers that the casualty vessel was becalmed for 10 times when the wind dropped. Immediately after he was able to resume his voyage, the sails ended up damaged, further more hampering progress. By the time the Coastguard became aware of his plight on 3 July, the vessel was travelling at 3 knots for each hour with no prospect of reaching its supposed location.
The stricken yacht was taken under tow to Kinsale Harbour. RNLI crew member Felix Milner remained on board the yacht on the closing leg of the journey to Kinsale to safeguard the wellbeing of the skipper, who was fatigued but uninjured inspite of his extensive ordeal.
The Kinsale lifeboat helm said: “It is a tribute to the yachtsman’s seamanship that he produced a 6,500km voyage single-handed and remained tranquil and centered despite the several troubles he encountered in the study course of his journey. He is really in good shape and able but was evidently fatigued soon after 52 days on your own at sea and it was the ideal final decision to assistance him above the ultimate hurdle and convey him safely and securely to Kinsale.”
Right after arriving into Kinsale at 9.15pm, the yachtsman relished his initial hot shower in about seven weeks in advance of currently being reunited with his son and two daughters, who reside in West Cork and had been ready for him on the pier.
Pursuing his rescue, the yachtsman suggests: “The RNLI Kinsale are some of the nicest individuals I have ever met. Their knowledge and commitment depart me humbled. It is an establishment I have generally supported and will do so for the rest of my days.”
Pictures courtesy of RNLI/Kinsale.