Thursday, May 26, 2011

Newly enrolled Amver ship rescues American

A Panamanian flagged Amver ship responded to a distress call from an American sailor in the Philippine Sea late Tuesday May 24, 2011 after his sailboat suffered steering and sail damage. The M/V Wangaratta, a bulker managed by the Misuga Kaiun Company, enrolled in the Amver system on February 11, 2011.

"We received a distress call from a sailboat and proceeded to the vessel," stated the master of the 751 foot ship. "We made three rescue attempts but were unsuccessful because of big waves and darkness," he added. After waiting for first light, the crew of the Wangaratta rescued Mr. Gary Ball and is taking him to their next port call.

The damaged sailboat was left adrift.

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