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Norwegian couple rescued from stricken yacht in Atlantic - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Thu, May 23, 2013
Norwegian couple rescued from stricken yacht in Atlantic
Couple spent three days stranded after raging seas damaged their boat
A Norwegian couple are today recovering in West Cork
after they were saved from a damaged yacht foundering off the Irish coast.
Erik (62) and Gretta (62) Ostberg from Haugesund
spent three days stranded in the Atlantic after raging seas damaged their yacht, the Alice II.
The 10-metre wooden yacht lost
its main mast
and a spar from its bow used to anchor
the main sail when it was hit by heavy seas.
The couple were unable to issue a May Day alert to get assistance as the yacht lost
its VHF radio antenna
on Monday when the main mast
The incident happened some 250km off Mizen Head
as the couple were on their way from the Azores
to the Hebrides on their return voyage home to Norway
They eventually used flares to highlight their distress
and they were spotted by the French trawler
, Bikain who tried to get a tow rope
aboard the stricken yacht.
However, the couple were so exhausted they were unable to pick up the tow rope
and the trawler
came alongside and put a crew member
on board to assist them.
The French trawler escorted them to the Naval Service
vessel LE Aoife.
Two members of the Naval Service
went aboard the stricken yacht which was then taken under tow to Castletownbere in a journey that took two days.
Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat, the Annette Hutton
was launched yesterday evening and met the LE Aoife near Ardnakinna Lighthouse.
The RNLI Lifeboat brought the couple m ashore where Mrs Ostberg
was treated for mild shock.
Last night, the couple expressed their gratitude to all involved in their rescue
, particularly the Irish Naval Service who towed them for two days.
“We are very happy to be ashore. We were very worried when the mast came down,” said Mr Ostberg
. “We would like to thank everyone and we are especially grateful to the Irish navy
. I do not know what we would have done without them. They were very, very kind.”