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French sailor Alain Delord is rescued from the Southern Ocean by crew members of the cruise ship Orion, which was on a voyage to Antarctica.
Photo Olive Andrews

Mullumbimby’s Olive Andrews has been part of a dramatic rescue in the Southern Ocean.

Ms Andrews, who is the program director of Whales Alive, was on board the cruise ship Orion on a trip to Antarctica when it was diverted to help rescue stricken French yachtsman, Alain Delord.

Delord’s boat had been de-masted in heavy weather (the downgraded Cyclone Narelle) 400 miles south of Tasmania. The successful rescue took place late yesterday evening.

Ms Andrews told Echonetdaily, ‘we were on our way back from Antarctica and were diverted to respond to the emergency on Friday afternoon’.

‘In challenging conditions… we put him in a harness and hoisted him through the ship’s side gate. Our zodiac crew were legends out there. The RAAF Hercules aircraft dropped smoke flares, which led us to the life raft in poor visibility. We launched a zodiac by crane with two crew who picked him up out of the raft.

Ms Andrews was on board as a guest lecturer, joining 91 passengers and 75 crew.

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