Norwegian sailor en route to Falmouth from Ireland - yacht holed by submerged object

A lone Norwegian sailor was airlifted to safety from his liferaft yesterday after his yacht sank 48 miles North West of the Isles of Scilly.

Falmouth Coastguard requested a rescue helicopter from RNS Culdrose attend the yacht Sissa, a Scanmar 35 at around 9:30AM. Within 90 minutes the crew of the helicopter had located the liferaft and rescued the sailor.

The Norwegian man reported he was sailing alone from Baltimore in Ireland to Falmouth when he hit an object in the water. The vessel was holed and he was
forced to evacuate to the liferaft as the yacht sank.

The sailor was airlifted by a helicopter to Treliske Hospital, Truro.