Irishman rescued from waves the 'size of buildings' in Australia

Two sailors and Irish and a French national are rescued from their stricken yacht in treacherous conditions north-east of Sydney

Two sailors and Irish and a French national are rescued from their stricken yacht in treacherous conditions north-east of Sydney

An Irishman and a Frenchwoman have been rescued off the coast of Sydney after their disabled yacht was caught in risky swells and gale-force winds.

A PAIR of sailors spent days fighting for survival after their yacht's rudder broke in raging seas between Australia and New Zealand during a round-the-globe voyage.

A 55-year old Irish national and his French partner were rescued by a police boat on Wednesday night after their yacht capsized approximately 200 nautical miles north-east of Sydney.

TRT World's Ben Said has their story.

Dwyer said their yacht's rudder broke on Saturday en route to Sydney and heavy seas flipped the vessel several times before he activated an emergency beacon and made radio contact with Australian rescue authorities on Tuesday.

"We encountered enormous seas, waves the size of buildings coming at you constantly, winds that you can't stand up in and seas breaking, whiteness everywhere".

This summer's Sherry FitzGerald-sponsored DBSC season gets under way in six weeks time, and Maybury's class one will have an ultra-competitive 20-boat fleet, of which 13 are J109s.

AMSA deployed rescue crew and dropped additional communications equipment to the yacht from the air.

The Irishman and Frenchwoman were transferred to the Nemesis with the assistance of the container ship ANL Elanora which had answered an AMSA call for help.

He said at one point after the yacht had turned upside down, he and Barbara were holding each other, and wondering 'for a split second that seemed to last an eternity, is she going to turn up right? and she did'.

Police said the vessel was expected to arrive in Sydney at 8:30pm.

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