Gale-force winds during Storm Aiden contributed to a freak wave that knocked down 10-metre yacht six miles south west of the Isles of Scilly. The single-handed sailor was rescued unharmed and was towed into safety by the St Marys RNLI Lifeboat in incredibly challenging conditions. Winds were reaching force nine, but the stricken vessel was safely towed to the harbour.
The distress signal was received by the Falmouth Coastguard in the early hours of the morning.
Coastguard Ian Guy said"The yachtsman described being hit by a large freak wave which capsized, rolled and disabled the vessel and with a such a severe gale forecast for the area this morning, it was important to get assistance out to this small sailing vessel quickly."
The lone yachtsman is reported as being an experienced sailor handled the situation well.
Another reason why the RNLI is so important to us mariners and deserve any support you can give.
Well done lads and lasses
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