Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | February 12, 2013
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Irish sailors rescued in Bermudan waters

Four Irish sailors bound for the Caribbean were rescued from their stricken yacht, which later sank, 70 miles north of Bermuda.

According to reports, the sailors had planned to stop in Bermuda before heading to Antigua following the incident. Marine officials reported that the sailors are now heading to Turkey.

The men, two in their 70s and two in their 50s, had to deal with battery failure 400 miles off the Delaware coast, as well as engine failure onboard the Wolfhound, a 48-foot Swan class sloop, a day after departing Westbrook, Connecticut.

The distressed vessel had no power for communications or navigational systems for eight days and suffered two knockdowns, prompting the skipper to activate the emergency beacon, which was picked up by the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (BMOC).

After being unable to identify the owner of the beacon via international checks, the BMOC started urgent marine information broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity, while the US Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 fixed-wing aircraft from Elizabeth City to the distress position.

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