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Old 03-28-2012
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re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

The yacht was about 80 miles south of CAPE SABLE ISLAND (which is not the same as Sable Island ... Cape Sable Island is off the Southwestern end of Nova Scotia) so it appears the sailboat may have been headed for the US. Nine male Eastern Europeans onboard. One report gave the vessel's name as S/V Tabasco. Three were take off by a tanker (FSL Hamburg) that responded to the MAYDAY. Apparently 3 more were lost in the water during this rescue attempt. 3 remaining crew were taken off by a Canadian SAR helocopter, but one of these died enroute. The search for the 3 in the water has been abandoned as there is now no chance of survival in these cold waters after more than 24 hours. SAR techs that were aboard the vessel said it looked like it may have been rolled several times. At the time of the chopper rescue, the wind was gusting to 45 knots with snow squalls and the seas were stated as being "three stories high". It sounds like the 5 who survived were very lucky...
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