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A lone sailor in the Irish Sea who was rescued south of Mumbles yesterday with no power and almost no safety equipment on board has just been rescued again after setting out for the second time and once again losing engine power, this time off Rhoose Point.

At quarter past eight yesterday the male on board the yacht 'Stravaig' contacted Swansea Coastguard to inform them that he had lost all electrical power and was drifting nine miles south of Mumbles Head. The man had no navigation lights, and only a mobile phone with a very low battery as a communications device. The only navigational equipment he had was a handheld GPS which also was very low on battery.

The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat was launched to the 12 metre yacht and towed her in to Mumbles. A second lifeboat also assisted with her mooring.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, at ten past eight this evening, Swansea Coastguard received another call from the same yacht, reporting that it had again run out of power. This time the Barry Dock lifeboat has been sent to tow the vessel back in to Barry. Barry Coastguard Rescue Team will meet the vessel in order to give the sailor advice on how to safely continue his journey.

Dave Jones, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager said:

"When we give out safety advice to people going out for a trip in a yacht we recommend that people take adequate communications and navigational devices, flares, and check their engines. Unfortunately, this man followed none of this advice and set out not once, but twice, knowing that he did not have sufficient power to reach his destination.

All of the rescue resources tasked to this man's two rescues have been volunteers and we hope that the yachtsman will consider full equipping and preparing his vessel before continue his journey in order that we do not have to send them out to his rescue for a third time."

Published in Coastguard

Zodiac Marine & Pool, manufacturer of the Avon, Zodiac and Bombard brands of RIB's and Inflatable boats, has today confirmed sponsorship of both the South Wales and North Wales Boat Shows for 2010. ZMP will be represented by dealers at both shows with Glaslyn Marine present at the South Wales Boat Show which will take place at SA1 Swansea from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th June, and Cambrian Boats exhibiting at the North Wales Boat Show, taking place from Friday 30th of July - Sunday 1st August at The Vaynol Estate, Bangor.

The announcement means visitors to the show will be given the chance to see a full range of ZMP products through its exclusive Welsh dealerships. This will include the industry leading Avon Seasport Jet performance tenders and the superb value Bombard inflatable tenders.

 "We are very pleased to confirm that ZMP is the first company to sponsor both the North Wales and South Wales Boat Shows. ZMP will be given prime show areas at both of the shows as part of the sponsorship, giving the dealers the very best location to display this range of exceptional boats," explains Ben Sutcliffe of the show organizers.

Commenting on the announcement, Alan Morgan, Director of ZMP Recreational UK, said "We have closely followed the development of both the North Wales and South Wales Boat Shows with interest throughout the year. Our dealers have come away from previous shows with very positive results and we are therefore delighted to be returning in 2010 with even greater support. The fact that our UK offices are based in Wales makes sponsorship of both shows even more fitting."

For further information on other exhibitors and events taking place at both the shows, please visit www.northwalesboatshow.co.uk for the North Wales Boat Show, and www.southwalesboatshow.co.uk for the South Wales Boat Show.

 

Published in Marine Trade
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