I took these photo’s of the stricken yacht washed up on the Eglinton Beach. While I was there, I met Dennis Pallas, who had spent the night in Joondalup hospital and had now come back to his yacht to salvage what he could. I helped Dennis carry the few items away from the yacht as the waves started to wash pound against the hull. He told me has been looking for his dog who was swept away with the huge waves.
Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group found the yacht on Eglinton beach. One of our boats was dispatched to retrieve the EPIRB which Dennis Pallas set off last night as his yacht Thetis II ran into trouble near the Alkimos Reef in a storm.
Local TV news channels described the event: A 73-year-old French man is lucky to be alive after running into trouble in his yacht off Eglinton beach in last night’s wild storm. Denis Pallas’s 11m vessel Thetis II lost its sail and started taking on water before being washed ashore south of Yanchep. The man and his dog were on board the 11.6m yacht when it lost power, forcing him to make a mayday call about 6.45pm. Water police advised the man to activate his EPIRB, which placed his yacht on or near Alkimos Reef. Conditions at the time were wild, with wind gusts of 104kmh recorded 15km south at Ocean Reef about 6.20pm.