Reefed yacht on reef off Gladstone

3rd JULY – SAN DIEGO COUPLE STRANDED ON REEF: AUSSAR notified the service of an activated distress beacon approximately 90nm […]

3rd JULY – SAN DIEGO COUPLE STRANDED ON REEF: AUSSAR notified the service of an activated distress beacon approximately 90nm off the coast of Gladstone. The Rescue 300 crew with an Intensive Care Paramedic flew to the area searching for a yacht named the “Pacific Vision”, which had run aground on the reef, subsequently taking on water and breaking up.

The two people on board the yacht, a 45 year old male and a 30 year old female, had been sailing from San Diego to Bundaberg, when they ran aground on the reef during the night after their main sail had torn. They attempted to avoid the reef but were pushed onto it by the current, and further attempts to get the yacht off the reef failed after the mast broke.

The yacht remained on the reef for a period of time before it began taking on water and breaking up. The pair then abandoned the yacht for a life raft. By the time the helicopter arrived, the life raft had drifted about 1 mile away from the yacht, which was still resting on the reef. The survivors attracted the attention of the aircraft by setting off flares.

A Rescue Crewman was winched down to the raft, and the two sailors were hoisted on board. The pair seemed in good health but were flown to Rockhampton Base Hospital, as a precaution, to be assessed by doctors.

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