Three Americans and one Canadian were rescued by the Amver tanker Alpine Maya on September 6th after their 50 foot sailboat became disabled and was adrift approximately 720 nautical miles north north east of Oahu, Hawaii.
The sailboat, the Nomad, was sailing from Hawaii to Los Angeles when they reported to family they lost main engine and auxiliary power. The crew of the Nomad began making emergency notifications. Coast Guard personnel from the Fourteenth District Command Center heard the Nomad's distress call and contacted the M/V Alpine Maya which was 176 miles away from the Nomad's distress position. The Hong Kong flagged tanker immediately diverted to assist and after steaming over 8 hours Captain Mohan Dhinakaran maneuvered his tanker alongside the sailboat to commence rescue operations.
The four sailors let Captain Dhinakaran know of their intention to abandon ship and quickly climbed aboard the Alpine Maya. The rescued sailors, in an email to the Amver system, praised the actions of the Alpine Maya. "Without you and your crew we would not be alive today," they wrote.
The Alpine Maya is sailing to China where the survivors will be met by U.S. State Department personnel. The Alpine Maya enrolled in the Amver system on July 20, 2010. This case demonstrates how one ship made the difference between life and death for four people.
Photo credit: crew of the M/V Alpine Maya