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YACHT COUPLE SAVED AFTER 2 WKS ADRIFT.

Byline: By REBECCA EVANS

A COUPLE were rescued from their battered yacht after drifting for two weeks in Atlantic gales.

Steve Davis and his Venezuelan wife Maria Locadia Lopez survived on sardines and biscuits after their engine failed and their mainsail was ripped by high winds.

Their only power was from solar panels but they were not strong enough to desalinate seawater.

The pair were on their way from the West Indies to Cornwall when their 40-year-old boat Imara Guen ran into the storm north off the Azores.

After drifting for a fortnight they were spotted by a plane and towed 60 miles by lifeboat to Valentia Island off south west Ireland. Yesterday Steve, 49, from London, said: "We know of at least four boats that have sunk and four people who have drowned.

"I was stressed and depressed, but I wasn't scared."

Maria, 42, added: "We are so lucky to be alive. I am exhausted. But we had to manage, we had to help each other."

"I've just phoned my four lads and they were so pleased to hear my voice. They were crying."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2007
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