Plastiki sends out PAN PAN, rescue underway

12:30 AM Mon 19 Jul 2010 GMT
'Plastiki always did prefer downwind sailing' .
Water police based in Brisbane have picked up a distress call from Plastiki, the eco-friendly 60 ft catamaran made of 12,000 plastic bottles. The yacht was on the last leg of her journey from San Francisco to Australia, heading for Coffs Harbour, prior to her final destination of Sydney. Plastiki was 200 nautical miles off the coast, her engine was disabled and she was being driven helplessly north by strong tradewinds. No word has been received directly from the Plastiki as yet, but the waters to the north of Mooloolaba are strewn with reefs, and one can conjecture that the ...

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by Nancy Knudsen

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