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Sea Bees Diving is harnessed ready for rescue at Phuket's Kata beach

Lifted to Safety, Phuket Yachts May Race Again

Monday, December 13, 2010
Yachts Photo Album Above

AN EXCAVATOR and a crane combined today at Phuket's Kata beach to lift two expensive yachts free from their sandy graveyard.

The yachts, Sea Bees Diving and Ichi Ban, had their keels removed before being harnessed and swung clear of the Phuket sand that has gripped them since Saturday.

Three more yachts were expected to be lifted free either before or after nighfall tonight. One of them, dismasted and damaged worse than the others, may never be rebuilt.

The yachts were among a dozen boats swept ashore in a ferocious Phuket storm that struck the Phuket King's Cup Regatta fleet at anchor off Kata beach.

The final day of racing and a sailing salute to honor HM The King had to be cancelled because of the extreme weather.
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What a sad end to a great event. My heart goes out to those who lost a boat, they may have been saving for all their life to build and sail on.

Somehow the assumption is that boat owners are wealthy but almost all that I know have worked hard to one day achieve their dream of sailing the world.

It can take decades of hard work and sacrifice, but can all be swept away in an instant.

Posted by Chris on December 13, 2010 18:13


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