At 15:36 CEST on Tuesday, 22 October, the Royal Malta Yacht Club received a call from Palermo Coastguard advising that the trimaran, Ad Maiora (ITA) had issued a distress signal. Palermo Coastguard confirmed it was in direct contact with the boat.
Subsequently, at 16:22 CEST, Lampedusa Coastguard informed the RMYC that Ad Maiora had advised it was taking on water and had made a request for the crew to be taken off the boat. Lampedusa Coastguard also confirmed that, once the rescue had been completed, it would issue a notice to shipping that the multihull had been abandoned, given the necessary coordinates.
At 16:36 CEST, the RMYC received a call from the crew of Ad Maiora confirming all were safe and that once ashore in Lampedusa arrangements would be made to recover the yacht. It was agreed that Ad Maiora would be marked as retired and that its position would continue to be tracked by the RMYC tracking system empliyed for the race, but on a private setting.
Throughout the period since the rescue, the RMYC has been in regular contact with Bruno Cardile, the owner of Ad Maiora, rendering all proper assistance.
This morning, Thursday 24 October, Bruno Cardile contacted the RMYC to advise that, so far, the recovery of Ad Maiora had been impeded by the weather and sea state, but that it was hoped to put a plan into action today. The rescue of the crew of Ad Maiora was undertaken by Lampedusa Coastguard unit CP319. The RMYC wishes to express its profound thanks to this unit and other elements of the Italian Coastguard for their professionalism in assisting with the situation and the successful recovery of the crew of Ad Maiora.
A full report of the incident has been posted to the Ad Maiora FaceBook page: http://bit.ly/2JkDhw3
Ad Maiora Crew: Bruno Cardile (skipper/tactician), Attilio Miccichè (watch leader/helm/ trimmer), Gertjan Andel (bowman/trimmer), Matteo Lureschi (trimmer), Fabrizio Volpi (albero)