Man rescued after freak wave floods catamaran

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(Last Updated On: April 16, 2014)

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A man was rescued off South Devon yesterday when a freak wave flooded part of his catamaran causing it to sink quickly. 

Brixham Coastguard took a Mayday call  from the man saying that water was rapidly flooding a  hull of his catamaran  at Hope Cove.

The man was recovered from the vessel  by Salcombe RNLI all weather lifeboat.

The sinking 28ft catamaran was towed  to Bolt Head by the lifeboat.   The wooden wreck is unsalvageable and  is expected to break up throughout the rest of the day.

There is no threat of pollution, as there  was no fuel on board.

Salcombe Inshore Lifeboat and Hope Cove  Coastguard Rescue Team also attended.  Matt Thornhill, Watch Officer at Brixham  Coastguard, said: “The man was recovered safely and didn’t sustain  any injuries.  “He was safely on the lifeboat within  24 minutes of us receiving the initial Mayday call.  “He was well prepared with a lifejacket,  flares and VHF radio equipment.  “With the Easter holiday looming, we  urge people to ensure that they have the correct equipment when setting  out to sea.”


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