Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Arunta Rescues Badly Injured French Sailor

Arunta Rescues Badly Injured French Sailor

The crew of the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Arunta has successfully rescued the badly injured skipper of a yacht in challenging conditions in the Indian Ocean, approximately 850 nautical miles off the Western Australian coast.

Frenchman Yann Elies was competing in the round-the-world ‘Vendee Globe’ yacht race when he suffered a broken femur.

Race officials had classed Mr Elies as being in a life-threatening condition.

Using a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, specially trained crew from HMAS Arunta extracted Mr Elies from his yacht, Generali, earlier this evening.

A doctor from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, embarked in the Anzac-Class frigate, has begun administering emergency medical treatment.

The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Stephen Bowater said his crew has displayed exceptional professionalism during the two days to reach the French sailor.

“From receiving the order to deploy late on Thursday evening to sailing out of HMAS Stirling in the very early hours of Friday morning, we only had a precious few hours to get the ship operational,” Commander Bowater said.

“This was achieved without compromise to the safety of the crew or the operation of the ship.

“We have proven again that the Navy constantly maintains the ability to respond at short notice to emergency situations.”

CMDR Bowater said Mr Elies is receiving excellent medical care from the RFDS doctor and is resting comfortably.

HMAS Arunta is now returning to port, where Mr Elies will be transferred to a civilian hospital.

ENDS

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
World Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.