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Container ship helps in sea rescue of yacht crew

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As Hurricane Gonzalo tore towards Bermuda, the crew of the Bermuda Islander were involved in a dramatic rescue out at sea.

The container ship had left Bermuda early to avoid the Category 3 hurricane, but changed course to come to the aid of a stricken sailboat.

The yacht, Troll, got into difficulties at around 10am on Friday some 200 miles north west of Bermuda and the two-strong crew wanted to abandon their vessel.

“The Islander’s ability to find the vessel and relay information was crucial to the co-ordination of the operation. Both ships performed extremely professionally in very tough conditions,” chief maritime operations controller Denis Rowe told The Royal Gazette.