NEWS
08/01/2011 09:16 EDT | Updated 10/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Canadian sailor rescued off southwest Australian coast after yacht breaks apart

SYDNEY - A Canadian sailor has been rescued off the coast of southwest Australia after his boat broke apart in rough seas.

An Australian maritime official says Paul Lim ran into trouble when the engine on his yacht broke away as he battled 10-metre waves and winds of 50 kilometres per hour in the Southern Ocean.

The sixty-two-year-old man activated the emergency beacon on his 9.5-metre craft on Monday and waited for help in the stormy seas, about 140 nautical miles southwest of Cape Leeuwin on Australia's southwestern tip.

A search-and-rescue helicopter dropped a radio and an extra life raft to Lim and rescue officials sent out a broadcast to ships in the area for help.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian bulk carrier Kohju arrived on the scene. It took crew members six hours in rough seas to pull Lim to safety.