Canadian sailor rescued off Australian coast

AP News
Posted: Aug 01, 2011 8:43 PM
Canadian sailor rescued off Australian coast

A Canadian sailor was rescued off the coast of southwest Australia on Tuesday after his boat broke apart in rough seas, a maritime official said.

Paul Lim, 62, ran into trouble when the engine on his yacht broke away as he battled 32-foot (10-meter) waves and winds of 30 miles (50 kilometers) per hour in the Southern Ocean, said a spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Lim activated the emergency beacon on his 30-foot (9.5-meter) craft on Monday and waited for help in the stormy seas, about 140 nautical miles southwest of Cape Leeuwin on Australia's southwestern tip.

A search-and-rescue helicopter dropped a radio and an extra life raft to Lim and rescue officials sent out a broadcast to ships in the area for help.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian bulk carrier Kohju arrived on the scene. It took crew members six hours in rough seas to pull Lim to safety. He was not hurt and is continuing on to the Canary Islands, off the northwest African coast, with the Kohju's crew, the maritime authority official said. She spoke on condition of anonymity, as is common in Australia.

Lim's yacht was sinking and has been abandoned.