Lost Yachtsman Found by Air Canada Flight

Commercial flight was diverted to help search for missing boat


A lone yachtsman lost at sea was rescued 270 miles off the coast of northern Australian after being spotted by passengers on a commercial Air Canada flight. Glen Ey, 44, was on his way home from Pittwater two weeks ago when a storm knocked down the mast on his 37-foot yacht, leaving him stranded. The Boeing 777 was nearing the end of a 14-hour journey to Australia, when the pilots were contacted by the maritime authority to help search for the missing boat. After determining they had the necessary fuel, the plane dropped from 37,000 to 4,000 feet, where the passengers and crew began scanning the ocean for the lost yachtsman. A merchant vessel aided Ey until the New South Wales water police were able to pick him up late Wednesday.