Thursday, June 04, 2009

Polish yacht sinks

A Polish yacht with a crew of six has sunk in the Baltic on the eastern side of Mon Island, though nobody on board has been hurt.

The vessel aired SOS signals after water leaking into the hull could not be stopped. Responding to the call, the Danish sea rescue service sent a helicopter and patrol boat from nearby Klintholm to the scene of the accident.

Two freight ships sailing in the region also offered help. Three crew members of the Polish yacht were picked up by the helicopter team, while the remaining three were taken on board the patrol unit.

The Polish survivors are reported to be in good condition. The yacht is said to be sunk at a depth of 20 meters.