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Sailor saves family in sinking yacht

Sailor saves family in sinking yacht

@jpetramala spoke with the family and their heroes

  • Sailor saves family from sinking boat
  • A private sailboat helped to save a family of 10 from the sea and their sinking boat near Egmont Key.
  • Detlaff had only purchased the boat about a month ago, but he has been boating since he was a kid.
  • “I heard a mayday call,” said David Hoch, an experienced sailor.
  • Hoch was able to determine through coordinates, that his boat was close to the sinking 41-foot Carver yacht.

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@10NewsWTSP: “Sailor saves family in sinking yacht

@jpetramala spoke with the family and their heroes”


  Likely the largest rescue on the water in the Bay Area this holiday weekend wasn't by law enforcement or the Coast Guard.  A private sailboat helped to save a family of 10 from the sea and their sinking boat near Egmont Key. "I heard a mayday call," said David Hoch, an experienced sailor.  Hoch was able to determine through coordinates, that his boat was close to the sinking 41-foot Carver yacht. Andreas Dettlaff says he had a sinking feeling when his wife told him the entire rear swim deck was underwater.  Soon, water was starting to rush into the cabins. "It was taking on water quite quickly. I knew we were in trouble. There was no way out of this one," Dettlaff said. Detlaff had only purchased the boat about a month ago, but he has been boating since he was a kid. He had his family put on life jackets and they were gathered on the bow of the boat when Hoch's boat the "Abundance" floated up. "At that point the stress level went away quickly because I knew no matter what, it's just a quick jump in the water, a short little swim and we're all safe," Dettlaff said. Hoch had some of his crew jump in to help swim over some of the sinking family. Just minutes after everyone made it onboard the Abundance, the Carver sunk beneath the surface completely. "He really saved us in so many ways from the situation, even if the seas were nice and it was a beautiful day it could've gotten ugly," Dettlaff said. "If there's a chance to lend a hand, we do, and I know somebody would help me if I was in distress," Hoch said. Dettlaff said he isn't sure what went wrong to cause his boat to take on water, but it will be recovered on Tuesday.


Sailor saves family in sinking yacht

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