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500-nautical-mile tow for abandoned yacht

A 56-year-old German-born Swiss man was forced to abandon his 52-foot yacht, on which he was attempting a double circumnavigation of the globe, after he crashed into what he thought was a whale.

"It was like hitting a wall. I went from 8 knots to zero," Bernt Luchtenborg said.

With the help of a commercial fisherman, he was able to tow the vessel some 500 nautical miles to safe port.

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