Stranded Circumnavigator Rescued by Fishermen
Barnes was partway through a solo circumnavigation attempt on Tuesday when Privateer was struck by a sudden storm 500 miles off the west coast of Chile. Forty-knot winds and 25-foot waves dismasted the boat,
flooded its deck hatches, and knocked out the steering system, but
Barnes, 47, weathered the storm.
In response to EPRIP signals
picked up on Tuesday afternoon, the Chilean navy and the United States
Coast Guard directed several boats, including Polar Pesca, to Barnes location. Before losing power to his satellite
phone on Wednesday night, Barnes had been communicating with his girlfriend and twin daughters in Newport
Beach, California, where a full-scale media frenzy quickly took shape.
To visit Barnes' website, click here.
To view a video of his rescue, click here.