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Information report of Fund of Round-the-world Expeditions about the termination of navigation of ocean rowing boat "RUSS".

 

20.06.2008

 

Considering Alexander Sinelnik not clear state of health after solar and a heatstroke its brother Sergey Sinelnik as the project head has made a decision to ask the help of the Carnarvon's Coast guardt . As a result the management of the Coast guard has contacted sea courts passing near to boat "RUSS". The captain of the huge tanker (the name of a vessel while is not known) has responded. It has turned the tanker to a rowboat, has lifted aboard crew and a boat and has directed to port of destination Fremantle (about Perth).

It was in 01-38 msk. time 20 jun 2008.

After a while the helicopter of the Carnarvon Coast guard has arrived, has made landing aboard the tanker and Alexander Sinelnik visors in city hospital. Now Sashas condition stable, he feels normally. Project head Sergey Sinelnik together with a rowboat goes on the tanker to port Fremantle where will arrive in 2 day.

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RAAF helps rescue stricken canoeist off WA

The RAAF helped rescue a man off the WA coast last night (file photo). (Department of Defence, file photo)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has rescued twin brothers Sinelnik who were paddling from Western Australian to South Africa in a canoe.

One of the men, Alexander Sinelnik, suffered a suspected heart attack yesterday afternoon.

Authorities were alerted by an emergency signal from an EPIRB onboard the canoe.

The 34-year-old Russians left Carnarvon on Monday night and were found 90 nautical miles west of Carnarvon by a ship about midnight.

Police say Mr Sinelnik was flown to Carnarvon Hospital by the RAAF.

He is in a stable condition.

His brother, Sergey, remains on board the ship that came to their aid.

It is the second time the brothers have been rescued in the past three years.

In 2005, they departed from Carnarvon in a canoe bound for Tanzania, but were rescued 25 days later because their water desalinator broke.

RAAF Puma Helicopter.
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Brothers in dramatic ocean rescue
20th June 2008, 6:30 WST


Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik
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An RAAF helicopter has rescued two Russian adventurers off the coast of Carnarvon who were rowing to Africa, after one of the twin brothers suffered a mild heart attack last night.

Muscovites Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik, 33, were making their second attempt to enter the book of Guinness World Records as the first duo to cross the Indian Ocean - a trip of about 7400km - in roughly 100 days.

A police spokesman last night said the brothers set off from Carnarvon on June 16 but sent out a distress signal yesterday afternoon when Alexander fell ill amid heavy seas.

Police asked a tanker in the area to divert and help pick up the rowers, as they had already made it about 200km out to sea - further than any rescue boat in the area could reach safely.

Following a brief refuelling stop in Carnarvon, the brothers were found 90 nautical miles west of Carnarvon by a ship and were winched on board the tanker about midnight.

Police said Mr Sinelnick was flown to Carnarvon Hospital by the RAAF and is in a stable condition, while the brother remained on the tanker that came to their aid.

Tatiana Rezva-Crutchlow, from the Ocean Rowing Society which is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records, said she received a phone call from the worried brothers yesterday evening.

Sergey told me that Alexander had fainted and was asking what he should do, she said. He was horrified.

Ms Rezva-Crutchlow said she was unsure of Alexanders condition as a medical support team had been unable re-establish contact.

I hope they are ok, it could be that he was seasick or suffering from the heat as well.

Ms Rezva-Crutchlow said it was possible that Sergey could continue on in a solo attempt, which has been successfully completed three times.

The first of these was by Swede Anders Svedlund in 1971. He set off from Kalbarri on April 21 and arrived near Diego Suarez, Madagascar 64 days later.

The Sinelniks previous attempt, in 2005, was thwarted when their desalination unit failed after 27 days at sea.

It was the last in a series of mishaps on the ill-fated trip, including the loss of two of three anchors. They were forced to use jeans attached to a rope to stabilise the boat during big waves.

On that occasion they were rescued by a Norwegian LNG tanker.

PERTH
PETER KERR and ALEISHA PREEDY

2005
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Language barrier hampered rescue: police

Posted June 20, 2008 12:09:00
Updated June 20, 2008 12:47:00

Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik have been rescued for the second time in three years. (ABC)

Police in Carnarvon say they needed a Russian translator to assist them in a seven hour rescue mission of two canoeists.

The police, the Royal Australian Air Force and a tanker last night helped rescue Russian twins Alexander and Sergey Sinelnik, who were paddling their canoe about 90 nautical miles off the coast of Carnarvon.

They were making their second attempt at canoeing from Carnarvon to South Africa.

In 2005 they had to be rescued during a failed attempt to reach Tanzania.

Alexander Sinelnik suffered a suspected heart attack late yesterday afternoon, so authorities who were alerted by an emergency beacon, took him to Carnarvon for medical treatment.

Senior Sergeant Brian Jefferies says the men were well prepared.

"We would hope in every search situation we could have people who have this much ability to raise the alarm," he said.

"So yes they had all the right gear, and luckily, because if they didn't they would have been in a dire straits."
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