- Created on Friday, 28 September 2012 13:01
Second year Foundation Degree Yacht Operations students rescued a local sailor off of Beesands, who had capsized his Topper dinghy and was unable to get back on board.
Both of the College’s 38ft training yachts, Endeavour and Aspiration were in the area, as students were practising navigation and boat handling skills. The observant crew of Endeavour noticed the capsized dinghy had not been righted in over 15 minutes and that the sailor was still in the water.
The crew decided it was best to call upon the support of the Dart Inshore Lifeboat after contacting the Coastguard.
The crew ensured the sailor was kept warm whilst the RNLI Paramedic treated him and they then proceeded to bring the gentleman ashore in Dartmouth.
Andy Wright, Programme Coordinator for the Yacht Operations course said;
“Our students acted in a professional manner with excellent seamanship skills throughout the rescue ensuring that the gentleman was looked after and safe throughout. They demonstrated a high level of nautical skills and communicated well together. The skipper, Ian Mills, and the crew of Endeavour were lucky to see the sailor and initiate a rescue before the wind blew him out to sea. I am very proud of the professional way the staff and students acted throughout, well done all involved.”
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