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Sailors Miraculously Rescued
Two experienced sailors, an Irish man Nick Dwyer and his French partner Barbara Heftman had a harrowing experience when they were caught in treacherous seas on a broken yacht. The couple were on their way from New Zealand to Australia when the rudder of the yacht broke. The vessel started rolling when weather conditions changed and they experienced extreme winds and a heavy swell. The sailors activated the emergency radio beacon and waited for help to arrive.
It Seemed Like an Eternity
Nick said that the sea was enormous, waves the size of buildings were coming at them constantly and that the wind was so strong you couldn’t stand in it. After the yacht turned upside down Nick and Barbara held on for dear life – and onto each other. Every moment felt like an eternity and the couple wondered if they would make it out alive. Every time a wave hit they thought it would be the final onslaught that would take their lives. Fortunately the Nemesis came to the rescue.
Help Came From Over 200 Miles Away
The Nemesis responded to the couple’s emergency beacon on Tuesday night and reached the broken yacht on Wednesday morning. The rescuers traveled for 210 nautical miles in massive swells and gale-force winds to reach the distressed couple who were stranded northeast of the Sydney coast. They were rescued and transferred to the Nemesis by the ANL Elanora, a container ship and their yacht had to be abandoned. On Wednesday evening Nick and Barbara arrived safely in New South Wales in Balmain. Both expressed incredible gratitude to the ‘heroes’ who traveled so far to save their lives.
Their Home is Gone, but They are Alive
The trip between New Zealand and Australia was part of a planned ten year circumnavigation of the globe in Nick and Barbara’s 12-meter vessel – the yacht and the oceans of the world had been their home for over a decade. Although they had no idea what their next step would be, or where their next home would come from, the couple were just grateful to be alive.