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Yacht damaged by lightning: Retired couple stranded in the Bahamas

Yacht damaged by lightning: Retired couple stranded in the Bahamas

A couple from England, who were enjoying their retirement by sailing at sea, find themselves stranded in the Bahamas after their boat is struck by lightning.

Mike Beach, 63, and his wife Helen, 61, spent all their savings on a yacht. They then began their journey on board the pleasure boat, which is worth 50,000 pounds, or more than 85,000 dollars.

But the couple's trip turned into a disaster on March 23 when their ship was struck by lightning. The event, which caused a “huge sensation”, damaged almost all of the yacht's equipment, and repairs cost at least £36,000 (more than $61,000).

With no money left and a modest pension, Mike and Helen Beach cannot afford repairs. On the eve of hurricane season, they are in a race against time to raise money to repair their boat.

“It's really scary now because all the other boats are coming back to the United States to get out of the hurricane belt and tropical storms and we're stuck here,” the 60-year-old said. woman.

However, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched by a friend and fellow sailor of the couple so that they can pay for the insurance excess and additional costs that have resulted from the situation.

The fundraiser closed on Friday evening after Mike and Helen were able to reach an agreement with their insurance company.

“The Pantaneos insurance companies responded very quickly, and today Mike and Helen accepted a great offer. With your help, they should be able to painstakingly rebuild/replace all the systems on board that were destroyed by lightning.

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