‘A New Life’: A Calgary seaman was rescued by Russian and Ukrainian oil workers off the African coast

A Calgary man is grateful to be home after a harrowing ordeal off the coast of Africa.

Casper Venter’s sailing boat sank near Madagascar and it was a crew of Russian and Ukrainian sailors who rescued him.

Casper Venter and the ill-fated sailboat he and two crew members shipped from Langkawi, Malaysia to Grenada in the Caribbean.

Casper Venter and the ill-fated sailboat he and two crew members shipped from Langkawi, Malaysia to Grenada in the Caribbean.

Courtesy Casper Venter

Venter was transporting a sailboat from Malaysia to the Caribbean with two other men when the boat began leaking on March 19. Soon the water was pouring in faster than they could pump it out.

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“First we turned the boat around and tried to sail back to Madagascar to see if we could keep it afloat long enough to make it to land,” Venter recalls.

“But around 9 a.m. we found the ocean was at deck level and we boarded the life raft. Shortly after that we saw the mast disappear behind the waves and it was gone. We couldn’t see it anymore, it just went down.”

With the sailboat now fully submerged, Venter and his two crewmates were stranded on a life raft less than two meters long.

Venter said the men spent a wet and miserable 14 hours bobbing in the huge waves.

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“We have a lot of water in the life raft. Waves pounded on us all night so it was definitely hair raising. The liferaft is designed for that, so it was fine from that point of view. We were all pretty seasick,” Venter said.

Venter pictured with the Ukrainian and Russian crew of Some of the crew on the tanker Petalouda.

Courtesy Casper Venter

The Canadian Coast Guard was one of three agencies that responded to the team’s call for help. But the nearest ship was a Russian oil tanker 150 nautical miles away.

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The crew consisted of a team of Russian and Ukrainian sailors who spoke English and were uninterested in the war at home that pitted Russians and Ukrainians against each other.

“Everyone was very friendly. It was a very heartwarming experience. They told us it was a mixed crew and they worked together and weren’t interested in politics. They’re just doing their job. But they felt like heroes, and they were – because they saved us,” Venter said.

The tanker’s sailors provided the rescued men with dry clothing, food and a lift to an island north of Madagascar.

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“They all came and took pictures with us and wished us what they called our second birthday. Basically a new life,” said Venter.

Venter is transferred from the tanker to the island of Mayotte in the Comoros.

Venter is transferred from the tanker to the island of Mayotte in the Comoros.

Courtesy Casper Venter

Venter has been sailing since 2004 and said his training allowed him to remain calm throughout the daunting experience.

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“That’s what I love about sailing. Being in the middle of nowhere where you don’t see any land. You can’t see anyone else – it’s really just you and maybe two other people and the sea and nature and the stars. Getting into the life raft was a first for me, but I kept my focus on what we needed to do. Worrying won’t help you. We knew someone was coming, so we focused on staying positive,” he said.

Venter, who returned home on Saturday, said he was already planning his next sea adventure, grateful for the teamwork of the sailors aboard this oil tanker.

“They worked perfectly together, in perfect harmony, and as the captain told us from the start, they don’t care about politics. They are seafarers. It was amazing to see it’s possible,” Venter said.

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