Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Polish Amver Ship Rescues 2

A Florida yachtsman and his Peruvian partner are happy to be back on dry land after being rescued from their sunken sailboat on Saturday December 5, 2009 by a Polish cargo ship.

The sailors, on a journey from Mexico to Costa Rica, abandoned their sailboat approximately 150 miles west of Costa Rica and activated their emergency beacon. Costa Rican and United States Coast Guard rescue authorities began an intensive search effort including diverting several Amver ships.

The cargo ship Kociewie, managed by the Polish shipping company Polska Zegluga Morska, located the survivors about 5 miles away from the sinking sailboat. The Kociewie, an Amver participant, was sailing from Korea to Balboa, Panama when they were requested to divert. The tankers Singapore Star and Chembulk Minneapolis, along with the cargo ship Hanjin Atlanta, were also diverted to assist.

According to rescue authorities the winds at the scene were over 20 knots and waves were between 8 and 10 feet when the master of the 38,000 dwt Kociewie hoisted the two sailors from their raft. "The survivors were uninjured and safe," reported the crew of the Bahamian flagged cargo ship as they steamed toward Panama.

The survivors were met by Panamanian authorities when they arrived in Balboa on December 7, 2009 and the Kociewie continued on to Barcelona, Spain.

The Kociewie enrolled in the Amver program on November 10, 2009. This is the first time it has been requested by the United States Coast Guard to perform search and rescue operations.

Photo credit: Polska Zegluga Morska
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Christy said...

What was the name of the boat that went down? Just trying to figure out if these were people that we met on a Swan...

Amver Maritime Relations said...

Thank you for your comment. The sailboat was named Ebay. Thanks for reading! You can subscribe to our blog by email or through your favorite reader if you want to read more stories like this one.

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