A HUDDERSFIELD couple are recovering after being rescued by coastguards when their yacht capsized in stormy seas off Italy.
Anthony Alan Crowther, 63, and Jane Margaret Bottomley, 61, were plucked to safety by coastguards after they sent out an SOS.
The couple were suffering from shock and the effects of being in the water but were otherwise unhurt, a spokesman said.
The drama happened in the early hours of Friday as their yacht was sailing off the coast of southern Italy near the town of Roccella.
Coastguards said winds of 80mph were gusting in the area and this, coupled with high waves, had led to the couple's yacht capsizing.
Mr Crowther and Ms Bottomley were thrown into the water without life vests but they managed to scramble back on to his 45ft yacht Sonata, which is registered in Nice.
Ms Bottomley managed to alert coastguards via their radio and a patrol boat was sent to pick them up.
Coastguard Antonio Favata, who carried out the rescue said: "We managed to get to them within a couple of hours and take them on board.
"Conditions were very bad with strong winds and high waves and they were obviously very shocked at what had happened.
"They were cold and wet and both were very scared by what had happened.
"The yacht has now been brought into port. It is not badly damaged, although inside is ruined.
"The couple were on their way from Sicily to Bari when they were caught in the storm but they managed to radio May Day and we were able to rescue them."
The couple, whose address in Huddersfield was not revealed, are still in Roccella.