Sunday, July 12, 2009

Divers rescued in Salcombe, Devon

This news just reported in BBC:

Twelve people have been rescued from the sea off Salcombe in Devon after their 40ft (12m) dive boat sank.

The divers from London let off a flare when a freak wave swamped their boat, Aquanaut, sinking it in about eight minutes off Bolt Head, on Saturday.

The divers were spotted by the crew of a passing yacht which took two on board while the rest got into a life raft. A lifeboat took them all into Salcombe.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said after the wave hit the stern, the boat took on water rapidly.

Ten of the divers took to a life raft and the remaining crew boarded the yacht, Dutch Angel.

The 10 divers, from Dive Wimbledon, and two instructors, were checked over and were all fine.

All were fine! That's a good news to hear for a Sunday morning. Two things come to mind: as shown in the picture above, the 12 m boat is certainly not a small one, one should feel reasonably safe to be on there, but it is vulnerable when encounters a freaque wave nevertheless. There's no details about the freaque wave, but it must be a freaque wave to swamp the boat and cause its sinkinbg in a few minutes. Let's all be thankful that "All were fine!"

One other thing also comes to mind is that Salcombe is a beautiful town in the South Hams district of Devon, south west England. And according to this:
The town is close to the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, built mostly on the steep west side of the estuary and lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The town's extensive waterfront and the naturally sheltered harbour formed by the estuary gave rise to its success in the Boat and Ship Building industry, as well as a popular sailing port!
So who would expect that a freaque wave could be just around the corner? But it is certainly there, somewhere, sometime, somehow! Never ever let your guard down. In this case it's lucky that there's a yacht nearby to rescue the lucky divers. Thanks be to God!

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