Cruiseship rescues sailor near Antarctica

Ship with 100 tourists on adventure cruise to Antarctica, turns around, travels 53 hours & rescues sailor caught in life-raft in stormy seas.




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Rescue skipper tells of cheers for stranded French sailor

(AFP)

SYDNEY — The captain of a cruise ship spoke on Monday of the dramatic rescue of a Frenchman adrift on a life-raft in huge seas, and the cheers from passengers when he was hauled safely on board.

After three days on the raft in the Southern Ocean, solo yachstman Alain Delord was saved by the Antarctic adventure vessel MV Orion, 500 nautical miles southwest of Hobart, late Sunday.

Captain Mike Taylor said the vessel's 100 passengers on a once-in-a-lifetime trip had at first been "massively disappointed" to be diverted.

"But there was a cheer you could hear right over the ship when we pulled him in through the door," Taylor told ABC radio

He said the Orion was heading from Antarctica to Macquarie Island and was 680 miles south of Delord when contacted by Australia's Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Canberra.

"It took us a full 53 hours to get from where we were to him," the Briton said.

Taylor spoke of huge swells and strong winds that made for conditions as extreme as any he had experienced and said that without the help of the RCC and aerial detection, the crew of Orion would never have found the sailor.

"It was unbelievable how difficult he was to see," Taylor said, describing how the orange raft would bob up atop a mighty wave and then disappear again.

Delord, who set off on his voyage in early October, abandoned his yacht Tchouk Tchouk Nougat on Friday after the mast broke and the hull was damaged too far from land for a helicopter to reach him.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) deployed three aircraft to airdrop food, water, communications equipment and a safety suit and had stayed in regular contact with him.

Amid fears Delord would have to spend a third night at sea, Orion reached him before sunset.

Captain Taylor told ABC Delord was in better shape than expected given his ordeal.

"He's very happy to be here, I can tell you that," he said.

I only saw him last night when he was under the doctor's care. He was a little bit subdued. I guess he's been in fear of his life for two or three days so probably the adrenalin has now left his system so he's like a limp rag.

But he was in surprisingly good condition... 63 years old, three months on a yacht, three days in a raft.

He was able to stand and he was able to to clear the canopy on his raft to help us with the rescue so he's in good shape.

Delord reportedly tucked into lamb shanks and a glass of red wine to celebrate after the rescue.

Doctor Chris Bulstrode, who examined Delord, said he was surprised at how well he had coped given the experience "must have been a devastating shock to him."

"He had been at sea for three months. And of course now being surrounded by lots of people -- he has not seen a human being for three months, and suddenly he is the centre of attention," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Orion expedition leader Don McIntyre said on Facebook that a wave had flooded part of the ship when crews initially opened a side door in an attempt to reach Delord.

We shut the side door fast... then the captain repositioned and gave the okay to open again.

"I was amazed to see the raft just 20 metres from us, sitting in calm water in the lee of the ship with Alain waving," he said.

McIntyre, a Tasmanian yachtsman, gave the go-ahead to lower a Zodiac inflatable vessel into the water and intercept the life rafou

The Orion was due to sail into Hobart, Tasmania, early Tuesday morning.

Delord, an experienced solo yachtsman, was reportedly following the route of the Vendee Globe round-the-world ocean race.

The Australian navy famously rescued Frenchman Thierry Dubois and Briton Tony Bullimore after several days adrift in the Southern Ocean during the 1996/97 edition of the Vendee Globe

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Sea Rescue Vocabulary

rescue - to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
sea rescue

dramatic - exciting and impressive
dramatic rescue

yacht - a large expensive boat used for racing or sailing
yachtsman - a person who sails a yacht

solo -
doing something by yourself (without other people)
solo yachtsman

Antarctic - the very cold southern end of the world, an icy continent (See Wikipedia)

adventure - an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity การผจญภัย
vessel - a large boat or ship เรือขนาดใหญ่ เช่นเรือบรรทุกสินค้า

adventure
vessel
saved by the Antarctic adventure vessel MV Orion

cruise ship - a large boat that brings many tourists on a vacation

captain - the person who is in charge on the yacht
the captain of a cruise ship

skipper - Same as "captain" 
rescue skipper

sailor - 1. a person who works on a boat or ship; 2. a person who sails a sailboat for pleasure

in good shape - healthy and not suffering any medical problems
in good condition - Same as "in good shape"

in surprisingly good condition
But he was in surprisingly good condition... 63 years old, three months on a yacht, three days in a raft.

expected - believe will happen คาดว่า (จะเกิดขึ้น)
in better shape
in better shape than expected

stranded - cannot leave a place (due to bad weather or hoards of protesters, for example) ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้   ถูกปล่อยเกาะ  
stranded French sailor

raft - a small light flat boat made of wood, rubber or plastic แพ เรือแพ
life-raft - the small boat on larger ships for use to save lives in an emergency if ship sinks (like Titanic)

adrift - moving without direction
a Frenchman adrift on a life-raft in huge seas

the dramatic rescue of a Frenchman adrift on a life-raft in huge seas

board - to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus ขึ้น(เรือ รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)
on board - to be on a ship, plane, etc

cheers

the cheers from passengers when he was hauled safely on board
rescue skipper tells of cheers for stranded French sailor

massively - very much
disappointed - unhappy because someone or something was not as good as you hoped or expected, or because something did not happen ผิดหวัง
diverted - caused something to change direction เบนเส้นทางเดินน้ำ

the vessel's 100 passengers had at first been "massively disappointed" to be diverted.

heading from X to Y - going from X to Y

the Orion was heading from Antarctica to Macquarie Island

extreme - much more severe or serious than usual ที่ร้ายแรงมาก, ที่รุนแรงที่สุด
extreme conditions

swells - large waves in the ocean 
huge swells

huge swells and strong winds that made for conditions as extreme as any he had experienced

aerial - from in the air
detection
- searching and looking for something and seeing it
aerial detection - looking for something from an airplane or helicopter in the air

crew - the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. ลูกเรือ
the crew of the ship Orion

without the help of the RCC and aerial detection, the crew of Orion would never have found the sailor

bob up - to move upwards (when floating up and down on the sea or water)

wave - a big movement of water
mighty wave - a very big wave

atop a mighty wave - on top of a very big wave

describing how the orange raft would bob up atop a mighty wave and then disappear again.

voyage - a long journey การเดินทางอันยาวไกล
set off on his voyage in early October

mast -
the wooden or metal pole on a sailboat where the sail is hung
mast broke

hull  -
the bottom of a boat
damaged hull 

abandoned - left somewhere and no longer used ที่ถูกละทิ้ง ถูกปล่อยทิ้งไว้
abandoned his yacht after the mast broke and the hull was damaged

deployed - prepare a resource so that it is ready to be used
airdrop - when food and supplies are dropped from an airplane to people who need them
deployed three aircraft to airdrop food, water, communications equipment and a safety suit

contact - having communication with someone ติดต่อ สัมผัส
regular contact
stayed in regular contact with him 

ordeal - an extremely unpleasant experience, especially one that lasts for a long time ประสบการณ์ที่แสนสาหัส
Captain Taylor told ABC Delord was in better shape than expected given his ordeal.

under the doctor's care
I only saw him last night when he was under the doctor's care.

subdued - not very active, not a lot happening
He was a little bit subdued

limp -
loose, not stiff
rag -
a piece of old clothing or cloth used to wipe things
limp rag - like a piece of cloth hanging (without the bones of a human)

adrenalin - the chemical (hormone) sent around the body when a person is in a dangerous situation, changing the way the body functions to help deal with the dangerous situation

I guess he's been in fear of his life for two or three days so probably the adrenalin has now left his system so he's like a limp rag.

canopy - a covering (a piece of cloth hanging over a place to protect from sun and weather)
clear the canopy
He was able to stand and he was able to to clear the canopy on his raft to help us with the rescue so he's in good shape.

Delord reportedly tucked into lamb shanks and a glass of red wine to celebrate after the rescue.

cope - be able to deal with a problem (try to solve it and make it less of a problem)
devastating - very harmful and damaging
he was surprised at how well he had coped given the experience must have been a devastating shock to him.

centre of attention - the thing that everyone is looking at
he has not seen a human being for three months, and suddenly he is the centre of attention

initially - at first; at the beginning ในเบื้องต้น ในระยะต้น
attempt - trying to do something (maybe success, maybe failure)
a wave had flooded part of the ship when crews initially opened a side door in an attempt to reach Delord

shut - close
shut the door fast - shut the door completely (so there are no leaks)
we shut the side door fast... then the captain repositioned and gave the okay to open again.

calm - peaceful and quiet; without anxiety ใจเย็น,ไม่ตื่นเต้น, สงบ
calm water

in the lee of the ship
"I was amazed to see the raft just 20 metres from us, sitting in calm water in the lee of the ship with Alain waving," he said.

intercept - to stop and catch something or someone before they are able to reach a particular place สกัด
McIntyre, a Tasmanian yachtsman, gave the go-ahead to lower a Zodiac inflatable vessel into the water and intercept the life raft.

route - the way that boats, planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.
following the route of the Vendee Globe round-the-world ocean race.

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