One-legged sailor in amazing escape after yacht drama

DARREL HANSEN
DARREL HANSEN

A DISABLED Mossel Bay sailor was forced to crawl naked through sand dunes using just one leg after his yacht ran aground off Oyster Bay near Cape St Francis.

Solo sailor Darrel Hansen, 62, of Mossel Bay, lost his prosthetic leg and clothes when the yacht capsized.

His harrowing ordeal began when he encountered a storm off the Eastern Cape coast at about 9pm on Monday.

An exhausted Hansen was found lying in the sand by early morning beach walkers near the first row of houses on the seaward side of the coastal village at about 8am yesterday.

His 8.2-metre yacht, Ingrid, was smashed up on rocks where he had run aground about 500 metres from the Oyster Bay housing line. – Shaun Gillham

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