Missing yacht is rescued off the coast of Cornwall

The five members of a yacht which was last seen leaving Kenmare Bay over a week ago, have been rescued after spending eight days at sea in a life raft. The ‘Inis Mill’ left Templenoe nine days ago for France, but their vessel capsized forcing the crew onto a raft. This was located near Padstow today by a search and rescue helicopter. Suffering from hypothermia, they’re currently undergoing treatment in hospital. The 60-foot vessel left Kenmare bay last Monday week, intending to stop off in the Silly Isles off the English coast, on route to France. But when a week passed without contact, Valentia Coastguard went on a state of alert. Coastguards in Ireland, Britain, France and The Channel Islands were involved in the search. But they received no emergency signal from the yacht until this morning, when a crew member contacted them by mobile phone. It’s understood one of the crew lives in Kerry, while the others are from Britain, France and Australia. They were taken to hospital in Truro, Cornwall. Mark Clark, from Falmouth Coastguard, says it’s a remarkable tale of survival. However, their vessel the Inis Mill remains missing despite a massive ongoing search.