MV Carmen first officer describes rescue of Ross Hobson from capsized Route du Rhum trimaran
MV Carmen. Photo Wallenius
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Wednesday, 08 November 2006
Marian Martin

Northumberland sailor Ross Hobson is now sleeping aboard the 51,000 Gross Tonne, car carrier Carmen, as she heads for Santander in Spain. Her first officer, Stefan Linbergh, described the rescue to BYM News.

“We were on passage from Savannah, USA, to Santander in Spain, when we had a call from the US Coast Guard, yesterday evening, after an EPIRB signal had been picked up from a yacht that was about 70 nautical miles north of us.”

“So we steamed there and saw the light at about 2 am. It was bad weather, very heavy seas – sometimes waves of about 10 metres – and sustained winds up to 50 knots, so it wasn’t an easy operation to get into position and get him off. It took us about 2 hours, but we were very happy at one point, because the wind dropped and all went calm for a few seconds, just as we were preparing to fire a line to him. So that made it easy to get the line over and then it was just a case of winching him on board.”

“He seems fine, no injuries; he’s just very tired.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2006 )
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