Kangaroo Island coast guard rescues yacht off the spit

YACHT RESCUE: The Kangaroo Island Volunteer Coast Guard vessel Pedro Warman approaches the grounded yacht. Photo supplied
YACHT RESCUE: The Kangaroo Island Volunteer Coast Guard vessel Pedro Warman approaches the grounded yacht. Photo supplied

The Kangaroo Island Volunteer Coast Guard assisted a yacht that became grounded on the spit at the entrance to the Bay of Shoals on Saturday, October 9.

After the receiving from the call-out from the Adelaide coast guard base, the coast guard launched its vessel Pedro Warman at about 9.30am.

The coast guard volunteers with skipper Peter Harvey in charge checked out the yacht and local skipper, who was unharmed and willing to stay with the vessel.

They were unable to budge the vessel with a tow rope and so determined to return to give it another attempt at the next high tide.

The volunteers returned on Saturday evening, the yacht was successfully dragged into deeper water and the yachtsman was able to continue his journey.

The grounded yacht on the spit in the Bay of Shoals off Kingscote. Kangaroo Island. Photo supplied

The grounded yacht on the spit in the Bay of Shoals off Kingscote. Kangaroo Island. Photo supplied

The KI volunteers this weekend will travel over to Wirrina Cove on the Pedro Warman to participate in the statewide Search and Rescue Exercise with other emergency services.

The new replacement coast guard vessel is taking shape and the coast guard has started thinking about names. Some thoughts so far have been Island Star, Kingscote Star, Trojan, KI Guardian or Island Seeker.

The sleek new aluminium vessel is set to arrive on KI next year.

The coast guard like all the other volunteers organisations is always looking for new members.

It holds meetings at its Brownlow base on the third Wednesday of every month, as well as regular training out on the water.

To find out more or to make suggestion about the new name, contact the KI coast guard on 0407 611 255.