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We saved shipwreck family
MEMBERS of an Evesham club helped rescue a family of four from a stricken yacht off the Scottish coast during their most unusual diving expedition yet.
The dramatic rescue took place while Evesham Sub Aqua Club members were on a recreational long weekend in Oban in western Scotland.
Six members had completed their first dive of the day in mid-September, and were about to start their second venture into the deep when their boat got a mayday call.
It came from a family whose yacht had crashed on the rocky coastline in strong winds while attempting to sail into Oban port after the vessel lost power overnight.
The divers immediately headed to the scene.
Club member Stuart Bond, an architect from Evesham, said: “You could see the boat had its bow right into the rocks and was getting banged about quite badly.”
They found a distressed family of four, two adults and two teenage children, trying to collect their belongings.
“They were scrambling around,” said Mr Bond. “The dad seemed pretty petrified.
We then pulled the boat off the rocks. The skipper did a great job of holding us steady.
“We pulled them to safety as the lifeboat was arriving.
We helped to secure the boat and then were asked to get the two kids off the boat.
“If we hadn’t been there, the lifeboat was another 20 minutes away and the damage at the front was of the boat was quite significant. I imagine the family would have had to get off the boat and on to the rocks. That would have been very dangerous.”
Fellow member James Wilks said: “It was immediately apparent that we needed to tow it off the rocks to be able to get close enough to get the crew to safety. The arrival of Oban lifeboat was a great relief, not least of all to the coxswain of the yacht.”
The club meets on Wednesdays from 8pm-9pm at Pershore Leisure Centre. For more information visit eveshamsubaqua.co.uk.
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