Sailboat stranded at sea: Eight crew members rescued by helicopter after engine, rudder, sail fail in rough waters

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Eight people were rescued by helicopter from a sailboat that suffered engine and rudder failures in rough seas in the southernmost part of Svalbard on Thursday morning, according to The Joint Rescue Coordination Center of Northern Norway.

The rescue center was notified at 6:15 a.m. the sailboat needed assistance due to high winds and waves southwest of Sørkapp.

“The engine failed, the rudder was broken and the sail torn so they had no further propulsion,” Tore Wangsfjord, an inspector for the rescue center, told NRK.

One of The Governor of Svalbard’s rescue helicopters was sent to the site. It arrived just before 11 a.m. and the eight crew members aboard the ship were brought aboard the helicopter by 11:45 a.m.

“Everyone is picked up by the helicopter and is in good condition,” Wangsfjord said.

The crew members were flown to Longyearbyen and the Norwegian Coast Guard is towing the damaged sailboat.

 

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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