Rescues - 2006

Ross Hobson was rescued mid-Ocean following the activation of his two McMurdo EPIRB distress beacons after his Class 3 trimaran Ideal Stelrad capsized in 50 knots of wind, during the Route du Rhum ocean race.

Ross managed to run to the edge of the yacht as it flipped over and then crawled inside the upturned yacht through an emergency hatch. He activated the McMurdo Smartfind EPIRB which sent its signal via the satellite system to the Falmouth Coastguard. He also tried to use his satellite phone but it got soaked by a wave and became inoperable. Ross then activated the other McMurdo EPIRB, to make it obvious that the first was not an accidental activation.


Yacht designer Richard Woods and his 32ft catamaran Eclipse were caught in a 'Perfect Storm' in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, southern Mexico. With 70-knot winds and 20ft seas, his small boat was soon in serious trouble - especially once the parachute anchor burst, giving Woods no choice but to run before the massive waves.

In danger of capsize, Woods sent out a Mayday and activated his McMurdo Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). A few hours later a US Navy helicopter emerged out of the dark skies and terrifying conditions. Woods and his crew were helicopter airlifted to the safety of US frigate USS Ford.