Team Vestas Wind crew were rescued in the small hours of Sunday morning after the Danish team’s Volvo Ocean Race boat was grounded on a reef in the Indian Ocean, forcing them to abandon it.
All nine members of the team were uninjured in the drama, which unfolded from 1510 UTC on Saturday when their Volvo Ocean 65 hit the reef in Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius.
For several hours, the crew stayed onboard their stricken vessel whose stern was being beaten badly by the waves as it was stuck fast in the reef with the bow facing the ocean.
The rudders were broken in the collision and the stern began taking on water although the stern compartment was locked tight.
Finally, around midnight, the team led by skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) abandoned the boat and then waded, knee-deep through the sea to a dry spot on the reef from where they could be rescued by a coastguard RIB at daybreak at around 0230 UTC.
They were transported to the tiny islet of Íle du Sud, part of Cargados Carajos Shoals, which is also known as St. Brandon and situated some 430 kilometres to the north-east of Mauritius.
Photo Credit: Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race
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