Down Beneath rally yacht crew inform survival story – Bundaberg Now


Liberty III rescue
Preparing to bring the crew of the Liberty aboard the lifeboat of the Pacific Dawn. Photo: Down Beneath Rally

The captain and crew of Down Beneath Rally participant Liberty III have told the compelling story of their dramatic rescue at sea.

The Down Beneath Rally is a series of extended-distance yachting events, with participants in the Go West occasion at present on their way to Bundaberg from New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Go East participant Liberty III was returning property from New Caledonia when disaster struck.

Organisers received the news by e mail final week from skipper Chris Doran:

“Just just before dawn, each motors shuddered and stopped at the exact same time. We have been undertaking about eight.five knots, we began taking on water and the pumps could not retain up, like the manual ones,” Chris mentioned.

“We amazingly run more than a 50-metre piece of ship’s rope in the dark and the torque of the motors tore an A-frame out holding the shafts.

“We produced the selection immediately after about two hours or so to prepare to abandon ship and hop in to the life raft, as I was worried she could roll more than and trap a person or entangle the life raft.

“Sad to shed the vessel, but glad everybody is secure and uninjured.”

Chris attributed survival to expertise he learnt throughout a preparation course and emergency procedures workshop.

“We applied our principal EPIRB but reserved our private ones in case we have been going to be in the raft for a whilst, as at the time of getting into the raft the closest enable was at least 12 hours or much more away,” he mentioned.

“We had two completely charged VHF which we applied when the rescue ship was in variety.

“We also applied our flares to help them with a visual when they have been in radio variety.

“We had difficulty having away from the sinking vessel, and individuals really should take into account this when creating a selection to leave the vessel, as there is a good danger the raft or its sea anchor could develop into entangled with the principal vessel.

“I will generally step down and not up into a life raft, I think it is also risky to hanging there to the finish.

“The raft was rather steady compared to the half-sinking swaying vessel which could knock a person out or badly injure them.”

Rally organisers mentioned Virginia Craig from Port of Contact Yacht Solutions in Vanuatu was instrumental in the rescue, as have been the Vanuatu authorities.

P&ampO Cruises Australia and the crew of Pacific Dawn responded to the distress contact and executed the rescue.

Down Under Rally Liberty III rescue
Liberty III immediately after the battle to save her was lost. Photo: Down Beneath Rally

Go West Bundy Rally

Go West Bundy Rally participants are at present sailing from New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the Port of Bundaberg.

Welcome Week celebrations will run from six-12 November 2019.


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