A story regarding registering your epirb
Solo yachtsman rescued at Swains Reef
vessel plucks sailor from stricken yacht
The Australian Maritime Safety
Authority (AMSA) coordinated the successful rescue
of a solo yachtsman early on Wednesday morning (April 10), 100 nautical miles east of Gladstone, Queensland
Coordination Centre Australia
(RCC Australia) received an alert from a 406MHz distress
beacon which was detected by satellite
about 3.00am on Wednesday.
broadcast was issued and a Gladstone-based charter fishing
vessel, Kanimbla, responded to the request for assistance.
The 25-metre Kanimbla located a yacht with one person on board at Swains Reef and took the sailor on board.
A spokesman for Kanimbla Charters in Gladstone said the man was in good condition: "It’s not a good place to be sailing around at night," he said. "The weather
wasn’t good at the time, and there are a lot of reefs
"The gentleman was in a 32ft yacht which hit a reef and began taking on water
," said the spokesman. "Our vessel received a mayday call and went to his assistance."
The Kanimbla does seven-day fishing
charters out of Gladstone and is not due back in Gladstone until Friday (April 12). Presumably, the sailor will be enjoying the hospitality of the luxury vessel until then.
According to AMSA, the stricken yacht's distress
beacon was registered to a post office box and there was no emergency
contact available, complicating the rescue and increasing the response time.
AMSA says this is a timely reminder that people must provide relevant details when registering their beacons and to update it when necessary.