Australian triple circumnavigator Jon Sanders has been rescued from his stricken yacht off Western Australia's Gascoyne coast after it started taking on water.
of Mr Sanders' yacht started to fill with water 10 kilometres off the coast, north of Kalbarri, and the vessel had to be left behind.
Mr Sanders activated his EPIRB
device and the Australian Maritime Safety
Authority coordinated the search with a rescue
plane and two merchant vessels. He was recovered safe and well and is understood to be resting in Geraldton after making landfall just before 5:00am.
He broke world records in 1988 when he completed a triple circumnavigation
of the world alone. Twenty-seven years later, at the age of 75, he is still sailing and has completed nine journeys around the world.
for sailing round the world
three times solo is still unbroken, but he said these days he prefers to take his journeys more cautiously.
Mr Sanders regularly sails
boats across the Australian bight for clients.