HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC - Four Irish sailors bound for the Caribbean were rescued from their stricken yacht, which later sank, 70 miles north of Bermuda.
According to reports the sailors had planned to stop in Bermuda before heading to Antigua following the incident marine officials reported that the sailors are now heading to Turkey.
The men - two in their 70s and two in their 50s , had to deal with battery failure 400 miles off the Delaware coast as well as engine failure on board the Wolfhound, a 48-foot Swan class sloop, a day after departing Westbrook, Connecticut.
The distressed vessel had no power for communications or navigational systems for eight days and suffered two knockdowns prompting the skipper to activate the emergency beacon, which was picked up by the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (BMOC).
After being unable to identify the owner of the beacon via international checks, the BMOC started urgent marine information broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity, while the US Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 fixed wing aircraft from Elizabeth City to the
When the US Coast Guard aircraft arrived on scene, it was unable to establish communications with the crew.
The vessel Tetian Trader, en route to Mersin in Turkey, arrived in the search area in the early hours of Saturday morning, taking the four sailors on board and managing to bring the yacht alongside the ship.
Wolfhound sank shortly after being released from the ship 64 miles north of Bermuda, officials said.
“Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre would like to highlight the importance of international co-operation between search and rescue organisations, in this case the USA, Ireland, and Bermuda as all three authorities worked to affect a successful outcome" the BMOC said in a statement.