The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the rescue of an Austrian national, approximately 110km west of Kalbarri, Western Australia overnight on 2 September and 3 September.
The solo sailor was intending to sail from Indonesia to Fremantle aboard the 11 metre catamaran when his vessel capsized. The man used multiple distress alerting methods to indicate he required assistance.
AMSA's Response Centre tasked the Perth-based Challenger rescue aircraft, a Pearce-based RAAF rescue helicopter and diverted Marshall Islands registered bulk carrier MV SEAPEARL to conduct a search.
The man was found and rescued from the tender to his catamaran by MV SEAPEARL in very challenging weather conditions.
We thank MV SEAPERL for their cooperation.
Video footage from the Challenger rescue aircraft is available here.