Man looks at Israeli Navy boat off Ashdod 370.
(photo credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters)
The Israel Navy early on Tuesday rescued a civilian yacht that was stranded in
international waters, 22 kilometers off the coast of Lebanon.
couple, three of their children and a skipper were onboard the rented
The craft sent out a distress signal after experiencing engine
trouble. It had set out from Haifa Port, taking a popular sea route to Larnaca,
Cyprus, when water began seeping into the boat.
At first, the navy was
concerned that the boat would sink, or that it would drift towards the Lebanese
coastline, dragging Israeli civilians into an undesirable situation.
navy dispatched its Romah missile ship to rescue the boat. Sailors worked to end
the water leakage, which was focused in the control room.
personnel lifted the children and their mother up to their
Civilian yachts also arrived to offer assistance to the stranded
The missile ship tugged the stranded yacht, with the father and
skipper still on board, to Israeli shores safely back to Haifa.