On the 30th August 2014, a Swedish couple were sailing on a catamaran in the Red Sea, when they were unexpectedly struck by a storm. The window of the catamaran broke allowing water to enter the boat. Unfortunately, the life raft which was on the boat was not secured well on the deck and was lost during the storm. The only option left was to use the rubber boat to abandon the sinking catamaran. They were sailing for 12 hours with no water and exposed to the hot sun.
Luckily, they saw a vessel in the distance and started firing flares into the sky for attention!
The vessel M/V HHL ELBE which was sailing in the Red Sea saw the firing flares and approached the rubber boat for assistance. The Captain and crew of M/V HHL ELBE helped the couple board the ship and provided them with all necessities like clothes, food and medication. The survivors had signs of nausea and dehydration. The crew accommodated the couple and were able to disembark and return home at the next convenient port. Congratulations to the crew of M/V HHL ELBE for the smooth operation during this unfortunate incident.