Controlled Evacuation and Brilliant Jury Rig
Gregor and Abhilash Tomy are currently safe on Ile Amsterdam. Gregor is in good health and Abhilash is being looked after by medical professionals.
In an incredible show of seamanship, the 32-year-old Irishman managed to build a jury rig and hand steer his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance for the past four days to within 30 miles of his fellow competitor in order to be on site to assist with the rescue if required.
McGuckin did not declare an emergency for his own situation despite being rolled over and losing his mast. However, given the extremely remote location and the condition of his yacht, it was deemed the appropriate course of action to abandon his yacht, Hanley Energy Endurance, under a controlled evacuation scenario as the opportunity arose. The considered move ensures in the event that his own situation deteriorated in any attempt to reach land in the coming weeks a second rescue mission would not be required.
Gregor removed all debris from the deck, secured all equipment on board and ensured the small amount of fuel on board is not at risk of leaking.
Sponsors Hanley Energy said "We commend Gregor on his outstanding and heroic efforts to come to the aid of his fellow competitor. He is truly an inspiration, and our priority now is to ensure his safe return to Ireland."
The Australian naval vessel HMAS Balarat is due to arrive 02.00hrs (06.00hrs local time) tomorrow (Thursday 27th September). The ship will then set a course for Perth, arriving on approximately 2nd or 3rd October. We understand that Gregor will spend time in Perth with his family before returning to Ireland.
Gregor McGuckin’s Team, Hanley Energy, friends and family would like to express their sincere gratitude everyone on the island, and all involved in the rescue operation for their extraordinary generosity, hospitality, and professionalism thus far.
The images below show Gregor's incredible jury rig, location and the fisheries rescue of Abhilash. Pics thanks to AMSA.
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