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Heaved on to Helicopter After Sailboat Stranded

By Yelena

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter
Photo: Golli. Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter TF-GRÓ during emergency response training drill.

The Icelandic Coast Guard rescued four sailors by helicopter last night after their boat stranded on Æðey island in Ísafjarðardjúp in the Westfjords. The Coast Guard command centre received a report of the stranding just after midnight last night.

The sailboat did not spring a leak when it stranded, and while the weather was not good, the four crew members remained safe while they waited for assistance. Ships that were called to the scene could not approach the sailboat due to the weather, wind, and shallow water where the boat was located. The crew was finally rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter that arrived at the scene just before 2:00 AM. By 2:15 AM the four crew members (one Icelander and three UK citizens) had been lifted into the aircraft. The sailboat was recovered today and is in fine shape.

The rescue was captured on video and can be seen below.


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