Coastguard coordinating International efforts to rescue UK registered yacht in distress 500 miles off Spain

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HM Coastguard has successfully made contact with the skipper of a yacht in trouble off Spain.

An EPIRB beacon alert was received for the UK Registered Vancouver 34 yacht Helena in an area 500 miles north west off Cape Finisterre around 12.20am today (22 May).

HM Coastguard has been coordinating search and rescue efforts.

A French maritime patrol aircraft is on the scene and has located the 10 metre yacht which is without a mast and drifting.

There is one person on board who has now been spoken to using VHF radio. It has been confirmed that the vessel is watertight and that the yachtsman is not injured.

HM Coastguard is working with other organisations and merchant vessels to coordinate the rescue of the yacht.

Duty maritime operations commander Mark Rodaway OBE said: “This is an excellent example of cooperation, HM Coastguard has been able to collaborate with the other organisations and international search and rescue partners to identify the exact location of the yacht.

“Every effort will now be made to ensure assistance arrives as soon as possible.”

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HM Coastguard is currently coordinating rescue efforts for a yacht believed to be in trouble off Spain.

An EPIRB beacon alert was received for the UK Registered Vancouver 34 yacht Helena in an area 500 miles north west off Cape Finisterre around 12.20am today (22 May).

Its location means that the nearest vessel which can help is 22 hours away with a second one 27 hours away. Two vessels are on their way to the position. A French maritime patrol aircraft has been sent to search the area.

HM Coastguard has been unable to get in touch with any of the listed contacts and is appealing for help to get hold of someone who might be able to assist with some further details of the 10 metre yacht and its crew.

Duty controller Piers Stanbury said: "We have as yet been unable to find someone who can help us with more information including how many are on board.

"We’re coordinating the response and are working with the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, looking at all the means to get someone on scene as soon as possible, including sending military planes to help but the location and the weather is making that an extra challenge."

Contact 02392 552100 if you can help.

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