*Photo courtesy of www.maritimequest.com
The 80 metre Motor Yacht Golden Odyssey owned by His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan, the eldest son of the late Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia has gone to the rescue of a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica.
The 30-foot fishing boat Maria Christina had apparently been adrift for eight days, but all three people on board have survived.
The Maria Christina is registered in Costa Rica and those on board are understood to be Costa Rican nationals who had left from the Cocos Islands, a nature reserve some 550 km off the coast of Costa Rica.
The rescue centre in Bermuda has been in touch with the centre in Alameda, located near Oakland/San Francisco, which has been in touch with the Costa Rican coastguard to coordinate the rescue.
The Golden Odyssey currently has the fishing vessel under tow back towards Cocos Island where another local boat, Gaviota, will take over for the final leg back ashore.
Golden Odyssey was built at Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Germany and delivered in 1990.
Thanks to Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre / RCC Bermuda for this story