10 May 2023

Sailor winched to safety off rocks

| Matt Nicholls
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Footage from the Challenger aircraft shows the sailor on his yacht. He scrambled to shore and was winched out.

A SOLO sailor was rescued last week near Cooktown after running into trouble in high winds and rough sea.

The man activated his emergency beacon around 10am on Thursday

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinated his rescue about 2km south of Endeavour River, near Quarantine Bay and Finch Bay.

AMSA tasked its Cairns-based Challenger aircraft and a rescue helicopter, while police tasked the Cooktown Volunteer Marine Rescue to attend.

Cooktown Police attempted to access the location but were unable to gain access and the yacht was subsequently dragged onto the rocks.

The crew member scrambled ashore and was rescued by the helicopter and taken to Cooktown.

AMSA thanked the Cairns-based Rescue 441 helicopter crew, Queensland Police and Cooktown VMR for their support.

“This rescue highlights the importance of having a registered and GPS-encoded emergency beacon,” the AMSA representative said.

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