Rambler 100 capsize - part two


Richard Langdon / Team Phaedo
The accounts of the rescue boats and those on the upturned hull
This article follows on from part 1 here Being late in the day there was obvious concern for the five Rambler 100 crew in the water with the onset of night. Their drift was taking them towards the Fastnet Rock and Joe Fanelli said that he had contemplated the possibility of their climbing on to the rock, but was sure if this occurred at night they would get bashed up in the process. Finally, after just over two hours in the water, while they were 2-3 miles from the Rock, a helicopter flew over (with the Rolex photographer Carlo Borlenghi and cameraman Matt Connor aboard) and around 30 minutes later the Wave Chieftain, a dive boat chartered to the media team attached to Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66 Phaedo surfed down a wave close to them...after surviving for almost three hours in the water they had been saved. One concern was how they would get on board a rescue boat, but fortunately the Wave Chieftain was fitted with a dive platform which simply scooped them up individually, without fuss, once with their numb fingers they had managed to extricate themselves from each other (earlier on they had themselves together to ensure they didn't separate). Wendy Touton was subsequently airlifted off into a helicopter, flown to hospital in Cork where she experienced a full recovery. The five were fortunate that skipper of the Wave Chieftain was Gerry Smith, who is also second mechanic at the RNLI station in Baltimore, the Wave Chieftain being his own private boat. With Smith on board was well known photographer Richard Langdon and Rachel Jasperson, Marketing Director for Gunboat and Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66 Phaedo. They had been at the Rock awaiting the arrival of their orange catamaran. Getting out to the Fastnet Rock aboard the 35ft long diveboat had been heinous as

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