Thursday, December 20, 2012

Amver ship saves sailors and dog near Jamaica

The Amver participating cargo ship CAP Domingo rescued three sailors and one dog from their 34 foot catamaran 160 miles west of Jamaica on November 30, 2012. The crew of the catamaran activated their Emergency Position Indicating Locator Beacon (EPIRB) after their boat struck a submerged object began taking on water.

Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received the alert and notified a maritime patrol aircraft in the region. A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft located the vessel and reported the crew had abandoned the catamaran into a life raft.

Coast Guard rescue personnel queried the Amver system and diverted the Marshall Island flagged bulk ship CAP Domingo to the distress location. The CAP Domingo, managed by Diana Shipping Services of Athens, Greece, came alongside the life raft and hoisted the three sailors and dog to safety.

The CAP Domingo (seen above under its former name CAP San Marco) enrolled in the Amver system on July 20, 2001 and has earned nine Amver awards for participation.

The survivor's family is arranging for their return to the United States.

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