Captains of 95-foot yachts don’t normally fall overboard from their completely seaworthy vessels, but that’s what apparently happened last week 10 miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas.
While returning to Miami from a deployment, the crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, forward deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas, overheard a mayday call from the Contessa.
The aircrew relayed the information to watchstanders at the 7th District Command Center in Miami. They contacted the Royal Bahamian Defense Force and launched an Air Station Clearwater, Florida, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter based out of the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.
The Jayhawk crew located the captain, hoisted him to safety, treated him for minor injuries and transported him to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.
The rescue crew made quick work of saving the captain. The Coast Guard did not explain why or how the captain, who appears to be wearing only underwear in the video, abruptly left his yacht.