The Navy-rescued Israeli yacht "Odelia," which nearly sunk off the cost of southern Lebanon on Monday night, arrived safely at the Haifa Port on Tuesday afternoon.
The yacht, leased by an Israeli family of six, was en route from Haifa to Cyprus when it experienced trouble and began to sink. The vessel was in international waters at the time.
The ship's captain sent out a Mayday call, after water began penetrating the wheelhouse of the 12-meter yacht. The call was picked up by the INS Romach, an Israel Navy missile boat deployed nearby, which immediately liaised with the Odelia.
The family boarded the INF ship, while several sailors boarded the yacht to help the captain deal with the mechanical problem.
Meanwhile, the owner of the yacht, Odded Mick, and a technical crew, began sailing another vessel to a rendezvous point with the Odelia.
According to Mick, once they met up with the vessel at sea, the INF – having insured their safety – continued to Haifa Bay with the family.
"There was no need for them to spend the night with us," Mick told Ynet. "We began our 'crawling' back to Haifa very slowly.
He noted that the operation was headed by the RCC (Rescue Coordination Centre) Israel, which oversees such naval operations by proxy of the Transpiration Ministry.
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