SAFETY | Germans to the rescue

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A German tanker stepped in to help the French crew of a yacht who were stranded in the Atlantic.

The 40,600-dwt Seamarlin (built 2007) stuck with the stricken crew of the boat which had lost its mast and got into difficulty on Tuesday.

The master of the Germany-flagged products tanker received a distress signal from the yacht and put in a call to the Falmouth Coastguard at 08:15, a statement from the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) read.

“Falmouth Coastguard asked the master of the tanker if he would turn around his vessel to provide a communications link and standby the yacht until the arrival of the lifeboat,” Tuesday’s statement read.

“He duly obliged and stood by the yacht and created a lee.”

A lifeboat was launched and rendezvoused with the two vessels and currently has the yacht in tow.

The tanker, which is owned and operated by Bremen-based German Tanker Shipping, has continued its voyage from Port Gerome in France to Providence in Canada.

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