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official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World
Crew of Pink Lady "abandon
August 8 2004
Today (August 8 2004) at around 2.45
AM, the four British rowers attempting the fastest crossing from
St John’s, Newfoundland to Falmouth, Cornwall alerted the
Falmouth Coastguard to the need for a rescue from their position
at sea about 370 miles west of Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse.
The distress beacon on the
Pink Lady® boat was activated
and in turn Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a Nimrod. The boys are
currently in a life raft as the boat has split in two in heavy
seas. We now await further information about their rescue.
I have spoken to Mark this morning from the boat’s life
raft who confirms that the crew are ‘rattled but safe’.
Their current position is 49 28N, 14
I will provide more news as I have
Bob Barnsley, Manager of Pink Lady Project
ORS members and trustees thanks HM
Coast Guard Falmouth, the RAF and the skipper and crew of the
Scandinavian Reefer for their efforts in the rescue of the crew of
Pink Lady®. Watch officers on
duty were John Rosssiter (night shift) and Ray George
(currently on duty).
At 8.45 am Watch officer George confirmed that all 4 crew members
Pink Lady® were taken on board
Scandinavian Reefer and none of the crew were seriously
injured. The Scandinavian Reefer next port of call will be Foynes
on River Shannon, Ireland.
ETA August 9th 2004 at 7.am.
sent to rescue ocean rowers
London ORS HQ
August 8th 2004
Miles Barnett of
RAF A flight Squadron was directed by HM Coastguard Falmouth to fly
a Sea King Mark 3A helicopter to pick up the crew from ocean rowboat Pink
Miles was in the 2003 Atlantic Rowing Race La Gomera to Barbados sponsored
by Woodvale Events.
When the Sea King was 150 miles off Ireland the Pink Lady crew were
already safely aboard Scandinavian Reefer, and being as no one need urgent
medical attention they were recalled to base.
Crew of Sea King were Pilots Miles Barnett and Bob Matson, Radio operator
Mark called ORS HQ to tell us of this incredible coincidence and said he
hopes to meet the crew of Pink Lady someday to compare notes about
Message from Miles
Barnett, posted on FORUM on August 8th 2004
Bad luck to all of you.
I was one of the pilots flying the RAF SAR Helicopter this morning and by
coincidence rowed across the Atlantic last October in Bright Spark. I
thought that some of you might want to know a bit more detail of what
happened from our perspective.
We work 24 hour shifts on SAR and so had been on shift since 1000 0n the
7th. In that time we had already flown 4 hours on two separate jobs on sat
afternoon. I was woken at 0430 by ARCC at Kinloss with the news of the
long range job and woke the rest of the crew and the engineers. We then
spent about half an hour taking surplus kit off the aircraft to make it as
light as possible to allow for the weight of as much fuel as we could fit
in. The location of PL was very close to the limit of our range and so
fuel was one of our overriding concerns. We launched at 0510 and made the
2 hour transit over to Castletown Bere which is a helo refuel site on the
SW corner of Eire and with rotors running topped up to 6300lb of fuel. We
launched again and started the transit out to the incident location and
made contact with Rescue 51 - the nimrod which was providing us with top
cover (locating the raft and assisting with our long range comms to
Kinloss). There followed a long transit out in to the Atlantic whilst we
monitored the progress of Scandinavian Reefer and their rescue attempt.
Once SR had actually recovered everyone on board there was a lengthy
discussion with SR, Falmouth, Falmouth's doctor, Kinloss, R51 and
ourselves as to whether we were still required.
It would have been a straight forward evolution to transfer the four crew
from SR to our seeking but we were still 80 miles from scene which with
the headwind would have taken us about an hour. Our greatest concern now
was whether there was any need for immediate medical assistance and as
there was not we were stood down and returned to Chivenor.
Despite what I have read on the bbc website we did not turn around due to
the weather (but that wouldn't make as good news)! In fact we had already
flown through the worst of the weather and then had to turn round to go
back through it again.
On our trip home we were further tasked to a man who had spinal injuries
at the bottom of a cliff in N Devon. All in all over 9 hours flying and 4
jobs in 24 hours - I am now off to bed (back on shift 1000 tomorrow)!
Anyway bad luck again chaps at least you will soon be home and safe.