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7 amazing rescues at sea

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Man leaps from yacht with his cat in dramatic rescue

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Man Cat Yacht Rescue

Who says dog is man's best friend? For this French sailor, saving his cat was the number one priority when his yacht was caught in rough weather 400 miles south of Alaska. The video shot by the US Coast Guard shows one of the most amazing rescues at seas – certainly one of the most nerve-wracking to watch as the small sailboat bucks in the ferocious seas as the sailor attempts to jump to safety.

The sailor was heading from Alaska to Vancouver when his 30-foot sailboat lost its rudder and rigging in the heavy seas and 46mph winds. The Coast Guard dispatched a plane to assess the situation and then contacted the Polar Pioneer oil drilling vessel to ask for assistance. A support ship, the Tor Viking, was sent to the rescue.

The sailor tucked his cat into his clothing before making the leap on the ship. It has been reported that both the man and his cat are safe, a heartwarming example of an animal being rescued at sea.

Video of man and cat rescued from yacht
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Helicopter airlift rescue from tidal estuary

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amazing rescues at sea

Sailing can have its share of perils, and one thing every sailor needs to be mindful of is tides, as we were reminded of when a story broke in August 2015 about two people having to be airlifted from a yacht in the Humber Estuary in the UK. The Humber Estuary is famed for its huge tidal ranges, due to its location on the North Sea. The mean spring tidal range is 5.7 metres, increasing to 7.4 metres as you move further into the estuary.

The yacht was unable to escape the swift moving ebb tide and got stuck on the sand bank. The UK Coastguard had been called in to rescue those on board the dangerously listing yacht. As seen in the video below, which gives a clear aerial view of the rescue at sea, a search and rescue helicopter airlifted the yacht's crew to safety.

"They had done the right thing by using their VHF radio to call the coastguard as soon as they had realised they needed help," said Richard Johnson, senior maritime operations officer for the UK Coastguard.

Humber Estuary helicopter rescue
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Captain overboard!

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The captain of the 29 metre yacht Contessa had to be rescued by US Coast Guard when he fell overboard. The yacht was 10 miles from Nassau, the Bahamas, when the captain plummeted from the vessel.

A US Coast Guard Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was returning to Miami from Great Inagua in the Bahamas and received a mayday call. The Miami base contacted the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, who sent its MH-60 Jayhawk to swoop in to help the captain. As seen in the video below, a rescue swimmer was able to spot Contessa’s captain, and he was hoisted to safety and treated for minor injuries. The search was also aided by several smaller vessels in the area and cruise ships, a real team effort that, fortunately, had a happy ending.

Captain rescued by helicopter
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