Monday, August 1, 2011

Amver ship saves two sailors in dramatic Atlantic rescue

Two people were rescued from the sailboat Triumph on Wednesday July 27, 2011 approximatley 780 miles northeast of Cape Cod, Mass. after their boat began taking on water.

The sailors sent a distress call to U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Boston stating their sails were torn, their engine was disabled, and they were taking on water. Coast Guard rescue authorities immediately queried the Amver system and requested the tanker Kim Jacob divert to rescue the duo.

The rescue was complicated by the size of the Liberian flagged tanker and the worsening weather conditions  as winds over 30 knots and waves over 8 feet hampered the the operation. One of the Triumph sailors fell into the ocean while attempting to climb aboard the Kim Jacob but the crew kept a sharp lookout and recovered the survivor three hours after he fell into the water.

Once onboard the Kim Jacob the survivors received medical attention, food, and talked to Coast Guard personnel. The survivors were equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and life jackets. Their preparation, coupled with the skill and seamanship of the Kim Jacob crew, resulted in their rescue.

The survivors stayed aboard the Kim Jacob until it reaches its next port in Port Tupper, Nova Scotia. Their boat was marked as a hazard to navigation and left adrift.

The Kim Jacob is managed by Ernst Jacob GmbH and Company of Hamburg, Germany and enrolled in the Amver system on May 11, 1998. The Kim Jacob has earned 13 awards for for Amver participation.

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Audio credit: USCG audio used with permission of the survivors


BostonG said...

Makes you proud to be an American - Great job Coast Guard. Many thanks to the Kim Jacob for the rescue.

Andrea Schwartz said...

Friends of Evelyn and Doug here, so very thankful for the work you all do. Can't say anything else. You are the best!

Amver Maritime Relations said...

Glad we were able to help rescue your friends. We'd love to talk to them if they'd like to share their story. Lessons learned are good for any sailor.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Globull said...

Also honored to count Doug and Evelyn among my friends. THEY were so generous with me last month, showing me around S/V Triumph. THEY are the reason I'm looking for a live aboard now.

Thank you Coast Guard and Rescue Ship!