A foreign sailing yacht was last night towed to port in Iceland, following a distress call.
The lifeboat Oddur V. Gíslason arrived in Grindavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula, towing a foreign yacht, at around 12.30 this morning.
The yacht’s engine had broken down and its mainsail was also damaged beyond use. It sent a distress signal out yesterday evening and was located south of Grindavík.
There were five crew onboard the yacht, and all are in good health.
According to information from the Icelandic Coastguard, the tow back to land went well; though it took much longer than expected to locate the vessel, RÚV reports.
When the lifeboat arrived at the coordinates supplied for the yacht, it was nowhere to be seen and it quickly became apparent that the boat had drifted fast; meaning the lifeboat had to start a search operation.
The lifeboat got a line attached to the stricken vessel at 22.15 and two-and-three-quarter hours later, both boats arrived safely to harbor.
The Coastguard reports that all five rescued crewmembers were alive and well, but exhausted, when they got to shore.
The nationality of the boat and its crew are not clear, and it is not known whether the boat was headed for Iceland or simply passing by.
Though emergencies are always possible, it is rare and extremely unlucky for a yacht to be left without engine or operable sails on the high seas.