Stranded yacht couple rescued.A RETIRED British couple had their dream round-the-world-trip cut short when they were left without power, steering or fresh water drifting in the Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean [Lat.,=of Atlas], second largest ocean (c.31,800,000 sq mi/82,362,000 sq km; c.36,000,000 sq mi/93,240,000 sq km with marginal seas). Physical Geography
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, coastguards said yesterday.
Shealagh Ward, 68, and her 64-year-old husband Alan, set off from the Cape Verde Islands Noun 1. Cape Verde Islands - a group of islands in the Atlantic off of the coast of Senegal
Cape Verde, Republic of Cape Verde - an island country in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal seven days ago bound for Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago (trĭn`ĭdăd, təbā`gō), officially Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, republic (2005 est. pop. 1,088,000), 1,980 sq mi (5,129 sq km), West Indies. The capital is Port of Spain. as part of their voyage.
Their 36ft catamaran catamaran (kăt'əmərăn`), watercraft made up of two connected hulls or a single hull with two parallel keels. Originally used by the natives of Polynesia, the catamaran design was adopted by Western boat builders in the 19th cent. Wahinema lost propulsion, steering and they ran out of fresh water, leaving them stranded in the Atlantic Ocean.
A distress beacon on board the catamaran alerted Falmouth Coastguard to their predicament at 9.30am on Saturday and an international rescue began.
Falmouth rescue workers contacted the couple's son Stuart, 40, to whom the beacon was registered.
He gave them details about his parents, their boat and kept in close contact for news of their safety.
Coastguard managed to contact a merchant ship which was travelling near to the last known position of the couple's catamaran, around 640 miles west of the Cape Verde islands.
The ship, a 38,500 tonne bulk carrier sailing under the Bahamas flag, diverted from its scheduled route to rescue Mr and Mrs Ward at 12.15pm yesterday.
Coastguards said the couple were now "recovering from their ordeal" and would be landing in Port Comfort, Texas, on March 2. Their catamaran will be left in the Atlantic either to sink or to be salvaged.