Coast guard rescues broken yacht mast in rough seas
A 50-foot yacht was as at the mercy of rough seas off Rosslyn Bay yesterday when its mast broke and became tangled in the propeller.
Yeppoon Coast Guard skipper Kingsley Bartle said yacht's six passengers had to get into the water to free the propeller shortly after 4.30pm.
"They cut their mast off and it sunk," Mr Bartle said.
"They were in the water and clearing the propeller while we were there.
"The seas were so strong the mast snapped clean off."
The coast guard vessel escorted the yacht, "No Problem", back to Rosslyn Bay.
The yacht's skipper returned to the scene , thee miles from land, this morning to retrieve the mast.
The coast guard supplied the skipper with lifting equipment to salvage the broken mast.