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Surviving sailors tell harrowing tale

A British coast guard team coordinated the rescue of the crew of a 37-foot sailing yacht Thursday after it lost its steering and began to take on water 300 miles north west of Spain.

After receiving the DSC and EPIRB alert, Falmouth coast guard used long range vessel tracking system to identify the closest vessel, a chemical tanker, which was diverted to the yacht.

"This yacht was a long way from land and on the very edge of our search and rescue area. Despite this, the technology available to us and skill of the chemical tanker's Captain has led to all four crew being rescued," said watch manager Pete Bulard.

The sailing crew spoke with the British marine magazine Yachting Monthly.

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