WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27: Two yacht crews that left the island after the Newport to Bermuda Race hit trouble yesterday as they headed home.
Sailors on board the 41ft sloop Avenir were forced to abandon their yacht 230 miles north west of Bermuda after suffering rudder damage.
The captain told Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre that the crew had tried to fix a temporary rudder but their efforts were in vain.
Several of the crew became violently seasick during the salvage operation and all six were rescued by the Norwegian Star at around 2:30pm as she made her way to Bermuda. The cruise ship is due to arrive in Dockyard this morning.
Meanwhile, a major rescue operation was launched yesterday afternoon after a crew member on board the Convictus Maximus suffered spinal injuries, The 42-foot sloop, which was also on her way back to Newport with her six crew members, was in almost the same location as the Avenir had been when the accident occurred.
The merchant ship, SKS Satilla, came to the aid of the stricken female sailor and at around 6:45pm she was transferred off the yacht. The Satilla is expected to bring the injured crew member into the Sea Buoy off St George’s at 11am today where she will be transferred onto the Pilot Boat and taken to hospital.