HMS Dragon has been involved in the rescue of 14 sailors whose racing yacht was damaged in treacherous weather in the Atlantic ocean. The Type 45 destroyer was diverted 500 miles away from a routine tasking to provide the assistance to the crew of the 60ft Clyde Challenger racing yacht.
The Clyde Challenger had left the Azores on Sunday 5th February and was heading for the UK when it lost its mast in the heavy weather leaving it adrift at sea for over 20 hours before the Royal Navy warship arrived on scene at around 1430hrs today.
British and US aircraft assisted in tracking the yacht until the warship reached them. Having been taken aboard the destroyer the yacht crew were given medical checks but apart from a few scrapes and bruises they have been described as all being “alive and well”. Unfortunately, it was determined that the Clyde Challenger could not be safely recovered to the mainland.