The crew of World ARC yacht named Ciao, Srecko and Olga Pust, were evacuated Tuesday morning to another rally yacht.
Ciao had been sailing with the rally fleet from Indonesia to the Australian Cocos (Keeling) Islands, when she struck a submerged object approximately 40 nautical miles offshore. The collision damaged the rudder of the U.S.-flagged Sweden Yacht 45, causing significant water ingress.
While a good Samaritan vessel took the couple’s vessel in town, the intake of water was too much.
The skipper reported that the water inside the boat was over the level of the floorboards.