Family of Aussie sailor ‘grateful’ to teenager who tried to save his life
The family of celebrated sailor Peter Warner has expressed their gratitude to the teenager who dragged him from the water after their boat was hit by a wave on the NSW North Coast yesterday.
Mr Warner died after his yacht was struck by a strong wave while crossing the Ballina bar just before 9am, throwing him and his teenage passenger overboard.
“Peter was an experienced and very careful sailor. He would not have taken undue risk especially with the welfare of his crew,” a statement from the family said.
Mr Warner, 90, won three Sydney to Hobarts in the 1960s, but it was his rescue of marooned youngsters in the South Pacific that made him famous around the world.
According to the statement from his family, when Mr Warner set sail on his new boat Evergreen conditions were favourable, “otherwise he would not have attempted the voyage”.
He was accompanied by the 17-year-old son of a neighbour at the time.