It's a scary story! I have been entertaining the idea of building a steel
boat and circumnavigating when I retire. I have thought that if it's a steel boat, what can hurt me except an iceberg, reef, my own stupidity, or a bigger boat? If you check out their Facebook page they have a picture of Gwendoline Mary on the dry. She didn't have a skinny racing
. No way, this boat was built like a battleship. I found this story on a Danish website and I ran it through Google's translator so it's definitely not perfect:
Lene and Kim Egtved saw the boat sink while they were in the liferaft - now they stop sailing
Watch the two long-distance sailors from Odsherred talk about the loss of their 50-foot steel boat in the Pacific. The sinking has now affected the Zealand couple so much that they stop sailing. - Maybe a charter trip in the future, says a touched Lene Egtved to TV2 East. See TV Features.
Af Troels lykke | 20-08-2019 09:16
The couple from West Zealand have been very open about their shipwreck
, because Kim Egtved says after the shipwreck
- If only a sailor wants to rethink his security
level and save his life, then we have achieved what we want, he tells TV2 East. - see the incident and hear about the accident
But now Lene and Kim Egtved stop sailing. The experience in the Pacific has left its mark and they have a trauma to be healed, according to the broadcast.
These are also violent experiences that the two sailors have been exposed to.
On facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gwendoline.mary.777
), among other things, they wrote this about the crash, where they hit a heavy, hard object in the middle of the night, after which the boat sank at five kilometers depth
, while waiting for two hours for help while sitting in the liferaft
Kim Egtved explains: (minbaad.dk bringer med tilladelse)
There was no doubt here that we had been punched in the hull
, because the water
was pouring in at the dining table, which covers the helm
I got off the two half countertops and looked down into what can best be described as a Jacuzzi with powerful bubble nozzles.
I immediately turned on our 3 powerful bilge
pumps, then went up to Lene in the cockpit
and told what had happened and that it was a really bad and bad situation we were in.
Asked her to take passports, papers, food
I asked her to collect our passports, papers, clothes, food
and grab bags in case we had to go in the life raft.
A quick look at the chartplotter
showed that there were no ships within a 24-mile radius, which is why I estimated that we should probably expect 2-3 days in the life raft before being rescued.
Then I spent the next hour trying to stop the hole with blankets, ropes, bags and Gaffa tape, but nothing worked as the water pressure was simply too great.
Meanwhile, Lene went around and collected as much as we could in the life raft.
Around. At 19.15 I gave up trying to limit the inflow of water. Even with the pumps running at high pressure, they could not keep up and the water level rose steadily.
Life raft in the water
I walked up to Lene in the cockpit
and said that I would put the life raft in the water while she continued to gather and put it in waterproof bags.
I relaxed the liferaft in the water, of course the wrong way, but fortunately it turned itself.
immediately grabbed it and pulled it 10 feet away from the boat. It was impossible to pull it close to the boat, so after slightly different attempts, we mounted a lap rope
on the liferaft line, and with the large electric
lapel we pulled the liferaft up mid-ship.
Then I went downstairs to assess the situation. The water level had risen significantly and it would not be long before it reached the batteries
, after which all navigation
and communication equipment
would stop working.
When I assessed that there were no ships nearby, I started broadcasting mayday via our Iridium
connection. Here I got in touch with the GEOS alarm
center in Texas
They were informed of our position and situation (that we were sinking). Then I interrupted the communication as it eventually got pretty crazy with the life raft on the side and the big waves.