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Been There, Rescued That


Been There, Rescued That

The CSK Radiance rescued Nico Budel today in what must have been a very routine operation compared to the last one in which the ship was involved in saving a solo yachtsman, for the Masayuki Kikuchi saga is a Japanese version of Captain Calamity! In 2003, the 67 year old Japanese embarked on a solo round the world voyage, in his 13 meter yacht Beam 7. Somewhere of the South African west coast, Beam experienced problems, sent out a MayDay, and was saved from catastrophe by the combined efforts of South African helicopter crews and swimmers.

Repairs completed, Kikuchi set off again and, this time, sent another MayDay off South Africa’s East Coast, when his keel became loose. A tug boat from Richards Bay towed him in and, after more repairs, he left again!  Before long, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority picked up an intermittent EPIRB signal, about 2500 miles SW of Perth. Unable to pinpoint the signal, they asked billionaire Australian businessman Richard Pratt to find Beam 7 with his private jet. The plane, with a Japanese interpreter aboard, located Beam 7 and ascertained that the boat had gone through a 360° roll, which had left Kikuchi with two broken arms. The AMSA was then able to guide the CSK Radiance, which had been bound from Gladstone, Queensland, to Spain to Kikuchi’s position. Pic from CSK Lines. More here.