Royal Navy rescues 14 from stricken yacht

2017-02-12 18:13
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London - Britain's Royal Navy says a warship has rescued 14 sailors after their racing yacht lost its mast, leaving them stranded in the mid- Atlantic.

Britain's Coast Guard received a mayday signal from the 18m Clyde Challenger late on Thursday.

Royal Air Force and US Air Force planes helped search for the yacht and a passing chemical tanker attempted a rescue but was hampered by bad weather.

British destroyer HMS Dragon reached the vessel 980km southwest of England's southern tip on Saturday afternoon and managed to rescue the 14 crew members - 13 Britons and one American.

Petty Officer Max Grosse, chief bosun's mate on HMS Dragon, said the Atlantic swell made conditions "enormously challenging."

The crew were treated for minor injuries. Their vessel could not be recovered.

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