Sailors need rescued in blizzard after buying boat on Ebay

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an Australian father and son stranded at sea off Nantucket during Winter Storm Neptune. It was the duo’s first attempt at sailing together.

Jason McGlashan first laid eyes on the 43-foot sailboat “Sedona” on eBay and won the boat with a winning bid of $10,000. McGlashan originally planned on going to make the trip to America solo, but was convinced by his mother to bring his dad, Reg, along for the ride. According to The Newport Daily News, Jason has sailed since childhood, but this was something new for his father.

“We’ve never done anything like this. Dad’s not even a sailor, but he’s a quick study,” said Jason McGlashan. “We’ve got plenty of food, plenty of booze, good sails and all the safety gear you could ever need, so we’re going to be OK.”

Despite having zero experience, it seemed that the elder McGlashan was eager to earn his sea legs.

“I can’t wait to get out and sun myself on the deck in my swim trunks,” joked Reg McGlashan. “It’s a little bit rugged up here, too much for my taste at least.”
Unfortunately, Reg and Jason would not be welcomed by sun while out on the seas, but by near hurricane-force wind that ripped the sails off their boat reports The Weather Channel. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter based on Cape Cod picked up the men about 140 miles southeast of Nantucket. Petty Officer LaNola Stone told reporters the call for help came in around 5 a.m. after the boat lost power and had its sails torn.

The helicopter reached them about 9 a.m. and it took about two hours to pick up both men in the 60 mph winds and 25-foot seas.

“Given the severity of this storm, this rescue was a major effort and we are all relieved it ended as it did,” said Lt. J.G. Tyler Dewechter, MH-60 pilot and public affairs officer at Air Station Cape Cod. “We are glad we were prepared for this storm and could render.”

No one was injured in the rescue, but the men were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia.

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