Appeal to find emergency contact for Vancouver 34 yacht in trouble off Cape Finisterre

HM Coastguard is currently coordinating rescue efforts for a yacht believed to be in trouble off Spain.
An EPIRB beacon alert was received for the UK Registered Vancouver 34 yacht Helena in an area 500 miles north west off Cape Finisterre around 12.20am today (22 May).
Its location means that the nearest vessel which can help is 22 hours away with a second one 27 hours away. Two vessels are on their way to the position. A French maritime patrol aircraft has been sent to search the area.
HM Coastguard has been unable to get in touch with any of the listed contacts and is appealing for help to get hold of someone who might be able to assist with some further details of the 10 metre yacht and its crew.
Duty controller Piers Stanbury said: ‘We have as yet been unable to find someone who can help us with more information including how many are on board.
‘We’re coordinating the response and are working with the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, looking at all the means to get someone on scene as soon as possible, including sending military planes to help but the location and the weather is making that an extra challenge.’
Contact 02392 552100 if you can help.

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