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Shipwrecked on a reef surrounded by sharks after losing your $1.6MM boat . . .


Millionaire British yachtsman plucked from shark-infested Australian waters | Mail Online

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'Nowhere is nice to smash into a reef, but if I had to choose somewhere I would say that this was as good a place as any,' said Mr Turner.

I cannot believe there is any American yachtsman that would state things like that. I say we put this guy up for gentleman of the century.

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'Nowhere is nice to smash into a reef, but if I had to choose somewhere I would say that this was as good a place as any,' said Mr Turner.

I cannot believe there is any American yachtsman that would state things like that. I say we put this guy up for gentleman of the century.
You can't believe it for good reason: he is British. "The former Commodore of the West Stockwith Yacht Club, South Yorks, and his companion..."

My guess is that they made a spot of tea before getting into the life raft. They probably saved their Gin as well.

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'Nowhere is nice to smash into a reef, but if I had to choose somewhere I would say that this was as good a place as any,' said Mr Turner.

I cannot believe there is any American yachtsman that would state things like that. I say we put this guy up for gentleman of the century.
I think thats the kind of skipper i would want to sail for. glad to hear that they are safe.
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The question is: Why did they hit that Reef? Did they lose the Situation awareness of where they were at?

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The question is: Why did they hit that Reef? Did they lose the Situation awareness of where they were at?
Skipper claims it was uncharted.

Huge sucker, ran the whole coast. Not my boat, my boss' boat.

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I was intrigued by the slightly off-topic sentences at the very end of the report:

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The east coast of Australia has been the location of numerous rescue dramas and mystery disappearances.

In recent times two American divers vanished, feared consumed by sharks, after their dive boat returned to shore without them.

Last month an American man was charged with murdering his wife during a dive, leaving her body on the sea bed.
I've snorkeled off the east coast of Oz with my wife, but we both lived to tell the tale.
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I hate that "newspaper". Is there an editor on staff, or is it run by a freshman highschool English class?

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The pair had been competing in a round the world yacht race, which started in the Caribbean in January and is due to finish back there in March next year, when they smashed into the reef in early morning darkness.


They were forced to abandon the luxury 50ft cruising yacht after it turned on to its side and started taking in water.


They put out a distress call and transferred to the life raft to await help. Mr Turner said it was his first rescue after sailing for thousands of miles around the world. He said the yacht is now unsalvageable.


The former Commodore of the West Stockwith Yacht Club, South Yorks, and his companion were taking part in a round the world yacht race, which started in the Caribbean in January and is due to finish back in the West Indies in March next year.
I didn't catch that the second time, mind telling me again the particulars of where they were coming from, and where they were going. Huh, what's that timeline?

Enough ranting. Good to hear they all got out of it safe.

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