The case for high-powered RIBs and well trained crew…


Whilst the Extreme Racing series was entertaining the crowds at this years’ Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the supertanker hit a yacht which was then dismasted as its spinnaker sail was snagged by the ship’s anchor.

The Marine Knutsen supertanker was being guided by a pilot boat into Southampton docks and was making its presence known by repeatedly sounding its horn. By one yacht didn’t seem to give itself enough time to clear the massive boat and was hit before having its mast and rigging ripped off when one of its sail got caught in the supertankers anchor.

The yacht was quickly attended by several vessels offering assistance. The crew were swiftly rescued with one member taken to hospital but later released.

The incident was captured by COWES.co.uk

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