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Scottish skipper rescued from distressed yacht off Catmon in Cebu

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By Betheena Unite

An injured Scottish skipper was rescued onboard his damaged yacht in the Visayan sea Thursday, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MRRV 4406 VIA PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MRRV 4406 VIA PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Ronald Cruickshank, 64, from Scotland, was sailing off Catmon in Cebu when he sustained a head and back injury due to the sudden derangement of the main machinery of his yacht.

The distressed boat named “Hawk Eye” was drifting north towards open waters off the Visayan sea when Cruickshank decided to make a distressed call to the Coast Guard.

A response and medical team from the Coast Guard District Central Visayas onboard BRP Suluan (MRRV 4406) then responded to the area where they found the distressed yacht and its injured skipper.

Cruickshack told the Coast Guard that the boat suddenly stopped dead on the water and he sustained the injuries “due to personal accident.”

The distressed sailing boat was later towed to Carmen, Danao while Cruikshank was brought to the Danao Provincial Hospital.

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