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In Dire Straits

East European Yachting Couple Rescued by Bali's Authorities After Drifting for 13 Hours in High Seas on the Badung Straits.

(9/12/2007) An Eastern European couple sailing their yacht from New Guinea to Singapore were rescued by Bali's Search & Rescue officers when their main sail tore and engine failed in heavy seas in Bali's Badung Straits on Monday, September 4, 2007.

The Czrchoslovakian couple, George Denk Jiri and Judi Soucova, found themselves adrift for 13 hours trying to seek help via radio connection with shipping agents in Bali Benoa harbor.

According to the Indonesian-language Nusa Bali, the Benoa Port Administrator immediately dispatched a rescue boat to commence a search of the ship at peril in Bali's oceans. After an extensive search the 12 meter-long sailing yacht was found and towed into Benoa harbor at 10:00 p.m. where the couple will undertake necessary repairs before resuming their journey to Singapore.