FIVE people have been saved from a sinking yacht after it suffered engine failure and began taking in water – but they could not tell rescuers exactly where their boat was.
Emergency services were forced to launch a huge search operation after the boat’s crew failed to give 999 operators precise information about its location.
Lifeboats were dispatched and the vessel was eventually found after those on board spotted a rescue helicopter.
“No-one on board was able to provide a clear position, which was partly a result of having no positioning equipment or navigational aids.”
The crew were taken to Lee-on-the-Solent where they were met by Hill Head Coastguard Rescue Team and an ambulance.
Steve Mann, senior maritime operations officer, said: “If you’re going out to sea, make sure you’re properly prepared and that you have some way of being located if you get into difficulty.
“VHF DSC sets are readily available. When you use them, we can then pinpoint your location and get to you more quickly.”
By SCOTT CAMPBELL