The Coast Guard rescues a father and son during “hurricane force winds,” and a video of the daring rescue is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. The rescue of the Australian father and son sailing team took place early this morning during a winter storm about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., reports Cape Cod Today on Feb. 16.
About 4:50 a.m., watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston received an alert beacon signal from the sailing vessel Sedona. The watchstanders contacted the Sedona via satellite phone and learned that the 43-foot sailing vessel had lost all power and that its sails were torn. Due to the storm increasing, the son requested that he and his father would be removed from the Sedona.
By the time the alert beacon signal was sent, the sailboat was adrift in nine-foot waves and 40 mph winds. By the time the father and son team were rescued around 9 a.m., the conditions had worsened to 25-foot seas and almost 60 mph. Forecast for the area predicted even stronger winds and 34-foot waves with ocean temperatures of 43 degrees.
After communicating with the Sedona, the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston sent the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.
Despite icy conditions and low visibility, the MH-60 Jayhawk was able to launch, but the HC-144 Ocean Sentry support plane was unable to get into the air under the extreme conditions. The Boston command center issued an emergency request broadcast to all ships in the area. The 600-foot motor vessel Maersk Katalin set its course towards the adrift sailing vessel and provided communications support, but it was still 40 miles away from the Sedona.
“After navigating through low visibility and near hurricane force winds, the aircrew arrived on-scene at 8:48 a.m., and hoisted the men to safety. They landed safely at Air Station Cape Cod at 10:50 a.m., and transferred both men to local EMS to be evaluated for cold weather injuries. None were reported.”
Petty Officer LaNola Stone said the Australian father-son team had bought the sailing vessel Sedona on eBay and had left from Rhode Island on Friday. They were heading for Australia when they encountered the “near hurricane force winds” and got stranded at sea about 150 miles southeast of Nantucket. The father and son have been identified as 65-year-old Reg McGlashan, 65 and 38-year-old Jason McGlashan.
Comments posted under the original video published by Coast Guard District 1 seem to indicate that the Sedona was bought for $10,000 on eBay, that the sails were quite outdated, and the team was inexperienced.
“These guys left from my town Jamestown RI where there are plenty of world class sailors they listended to NOTHING!!! Idiots and the inexperience is world class. Whi would buy a boat on eBay and two weeks later set sail for A [Australia] million miles away. They were using old racing sails that probably would have come apart in 20 knots. They were here through one of our storms so they knew the weather is awful. I don’t believe they even sailed the boat to test it! and to leave at night when you can’t see the rig etc. and you LIFERAFT is a dingy.”
In regard to the daring rescue mission, Lt. j.g. Tyler Dewechter, MH-60 pilot and public affairs officer at Air Station Cape Cod said that “given the severity of this storm, this rescue was a major effort and we are all relieved it ended as it did. We are glad we were prepared for this storm and could render aid — and also continue to urge mariners to stay safe and heed the cautions and advisories of winter storm warnings.” The above video shows how the Coast Guard rescues the father and son.