A Super Puma of the Greek Air Force came to the rescue of a French luxury yacht, in perdition, in the Aegean Sea. Some details about this rescue has been provided by the Greek military.
The Yogi, a motor yacht of 60 meters long, is then between the islands of Skyros and Psara. It signals a leak. A first Super Puma helicopter from the 130th Combat takes off at dawn from the airport of Limnos to proceed to their assistance. But he must be content with gratitude the weather is too bad. It "is not possible to immediately transport the occupants because of adverse conditions," says a spokesman for the Greek Air Force. A second helicopter took off an hour later and may resccue eight nationals, all French, who were brought safely on the island of Skyros.
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The coast guard said two Air Force helicopters and a Navy frigate, as well as coast guard vessels and four commercial ships headed to the assistance of the yacht, registered as Yogi, after its captain sent out a distress signal Friday morning'.
While no real explanation for the sinking has yet been given, it is known that the French-flagged yacht was in gale-force winds and had lost engine power before the sinking, which appeared to be in deep water.
The crew had scrambled to the highest point on the yacht to await rescue as it flooded with water earlier this morning.
The owner was not on board, and the yacht was not on a commercial charter at the time of the incident. The rescue was no doubt made easier by the small number of people on board.
The captain indicated a mechanical failure, according to press reports, but did not elaborate.
M/Y Yogi was built by the Turkish shipyard Proteksan and launched last year. It won "Most Innovative Yacht of the Year" in Cannes last fall. (2011)