Sailing Manager Alex Johnston was alerted at 01.35 local Hong Kong time
and the decision to abandon ship was made at 01.45 when the yacht’s
life raft was deployed according to the RHKYC Media Report. The report
also confirmed that all 10 of the crew multinational crew (British, New
Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and Canada) were safe and no injuries
were sustained. ‘Krampus’ (Anteros 36) the nearest boat to ‘Walawala 2’ diverted to assist and picked up the crew which was achieved by 04.05.
(Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) activated a rescue plan involving
Hong Kong Government Flying Services arriving at the incident site by
04.40. Eight of the ten crew were winched onboard the helicopter and
returned to Hong Kong. However, because of the distance from Hong Kong
(130Nm), time at the rescue site was limited and only eight of the ten
crew could be hauled aloft.
The other two crew members remained on Krampus who subsequently decided to retire from the race and return to Hong Kong.
biennial 656 Nm race from Hong Kong to Vietnam organised by the Royal
Hong Kong Yacht Club set off from Hong Kong at 1.30pm local time on
Thursday Oct 17. The race attracted 17 competitors from several nations
and involving multi nation crews.