A major air and sea search was carried out along the Barrenjoey Headland in New South Wales, Australia after the abandoned Etchells yacht was found
A sailor who went overboard, swam ashore and caught a taxi home has said he had no idea a massive search and rescue operation was underway to find him.
The man was sailing off the Barrenjoey Headland, New South Wales, when he fell off his Etchells Yacht at around 1600 on 23 January 2017.
The alarm was raised after the abandoned vessel was discovered by the crew of a passing boat, around 10 nautical miles off the coast.
The New South Wales Police were informed and a major air and sea search got underway.
It involved officers from Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue and the Air Ambulance.
New Zealand sailor Alan Langdon charged by police
A spokesman for New South Wales Police said that at around 2000, officers were informed that the missing skipper had been found safe and well.
“Police were told the man was wearing a life jacket and was able to swim to shore after falling overboard. He later made his own way home,” said the spokesman.
It was later reported that the sailor caught a taxi home, unaware of the search and rescue operation to find him.
Due to dangerous weather conditions, the emergency services were unable to salvage the Etchells yacht.
It has now been reported as a shipping hazard to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Video of family’s dramatic Atlantic rescue from Dove II is released
The crew of the Tilly Mint, who answered a mayday call from the Coombes family on board Dove II, have…
Two charged after boat chase in Shoalhaven, Australia
Police were forced to commandeer two private vessels and chase two men in a boat after it hit another vessel…
Abesoch and Pwllheli RNLI lifeboats launched to stricken yacht
Abersoch RNLI volunteers were called out to rescue a stricken vessel for the first time in 2017 in a joint…