Volos ILCA 4 Worlds Bushfire Rescue
As extreme heat and wildfires continue to engulf Mediterranean coastlines, sailing coaches at the ILCA 4 Youth World Championships in Volos, Greece came together in a great effort to rescue locals with a beach rescue operation.
Witnessing the scene from across the water as racing concluded, coaches jumped into their RIBs and headed for the nearby village to evacuate residents and local native wildlife from the beach after fires blocked all exits from the area on the mainland.
The coaches grabbed bottles of drinking water and travelled the 10 miles across the bay to Nea Anchialos, Magnesia at full speed. Around 60 boats transported more than 130 people from the beach and brought them back to the safety of Volos.
Andrus Poksi, Field Operations Officer at the International Laser Class Association, said, “The selfless and quick reaction of the coaches was inspiring to see.
The full story is on the World Sailing web site Here.