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rescue 3 dragonOn February 11, the crew of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon rescued 14 yachtsmen from a sailing vessel in distress.
The 60-foot racing yacht Clyde Challenger was making a transit from the Azores to Britain when she was dismasted in heavy weather. “We got hit with a rogue wave coming in the opposite direction,” said the yacht’s captain, Roy Graham. “It hit us and knocked us over and dragged the crosstrees into the water, which dragged the mast into the water and snapped it at deck level.”
The Clyde sent an EPIRB distress signal at 2000 hours on February 9. Several attempts by nearby merchant vessels to rescue her crew were unsuccessful, and the Dragon was diverted to assist instead. The Type 45 destroyer was 500 nm away, but she sprinted at 30 knots to close the distance, arriving at 1430 on Saturday.
“It was clear the yacht had lost its mast and looked in a pretty desperate state after nearly 48 hours drifting in the challenging conditions,” said Petty Officer Max Grosse, the Dragon’s chief bosun’s mate. ““We were however hugely relieved to see all 14 crew alive and well. Despite racing through the night we only had three hours of daylight remaining in which to safely remove the crew.” Read on, thanks to the Maritime Executive.