Yacht and passengers rescued by Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - The Rescue and Coordination Centre (RCC) of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) Wednesday received at 14:15 pm a report of a yacht, the "Valhalla" that was in trouble, about 12 miles north of Aruba.

This Coast Guard helicopter the AW139 and the cutter Panther was deployed right away to go to the location of the distress call.

After arriving on site they found the 'Valhalla' with two (2) crew members on board. The vessel had taken on a lot of water, but after the crew of the Panther had placed a bilge pump on board, the water was soon discharged.

The two crew members were then taken aboard the Panther and crew of the Panther took the wheel of the 'Valhalla'. Using the RHIB, the dinghy of the Panther, they took the yacht in tow and headed towards Aruba.

At around 18:30 the tow was taken over by a Super-RHIB and at around 20:00 they arrived in Aruba.

Both occupants of the yacht, a father and his son had Canadian nationality.

They were very pleased with the actions of the Coast Guard because they were convinced that they would lost their yacht.

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