Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sailor Picked Up By Container Ship South Of Nova Scotia

A sailor whose boat capsized during a transatlantic race has been plucked from the water south of Nova Scotia. Jeri Grychowski of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax says the man was picked up by a container vessel, the Maersk Missouri, Sunday about 420 kilometres south of Halifax. She says he's in good condition and used a satellite phone to call for help after his boat flipped and he lost his mast.
Maersk Missouri
The unidentified man was the only person on board and was involved in a transatlantic race from Portsmouth, U.K., to Rhode Island. Grychowski says a Cormorant helicopter and a C-130 Hercules had been dispatched, but because of low visibility and high gusty winds, the helicopter landed at Sable Island and was not able to continue on. However, she says the container ship was close by and they were able to reach the individual.

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