Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pre-Dawn Reef Rescue; Gladstone Charter Boat Goes to Rescue of Lone Sailor on Stricken Yacht at Sanctuary Reef

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pre-Dawn Reef Rescue; Gladstone Charter Boat Goes to Rescue of Lone Sailor on Stricken Yacht at Sanctuary Reef

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Mary Bolling

Print Editor

A GLADSTONE charter boat skipper gave passengers more excitement than theyCOd bargained for yesterday with a pre-dawn rescue from Sanctuary Reef.

Charter boat Kanimbla responded to a mayday call at about 3.50am. At 4.30am it reached the 32-foot luxury yacht On Ice, which had run aground on coral in the Sanctuary Reef, part of the Swain Reefs, north of Heron Island, and about 200km off Gladstone.

Kanimbla skipper Steve Bell said just one man was on the boat, and he was taken off by dinghy.

C[pounds sterling]It looked like heCOd made a bit of a misjudgement or his charts werenCOt accurate,C[yen] Mr Bell said.

C[pounds sterling]And he was travelling at night, which is pretty risky at the best of times.C[yen]

It was low tide when the boat grounded, and the solo sailor had then set off an emergency radio beacon.

Mr Bell, who has been a skipper for three years and lives in Gladstone, said it was the first time heCOd be involved in a reef rescue. …

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