Friday, November 18, 2011

Amver tanker saves one in Atlantic rescue

An Amver ship saved one sailor after his companion was washed overboard in a dramatic rescue 280 miles northwest of Bermuda on November 11, 2011.

The two were aboard their 38 foot sailboat, Triple Stars, taking part in the NARC Rally sailing from Newport, R.I. to Bermuda when one person was washed overboard. "We were hit by a 30 foot wave," stated the survivor. "My wife went through the bimini top and I saw her floundering in the water, there were 25 foot seas and I threw her a life ring which she grabbed onto, but when I brought the boat around, I saw her go under and not resurface." 

U.S. Coast Guard personnel from the Fifth District Command Center diverted the Amver participating tanker High Jupiter. "We are proceeding to rescue other person who is on the sailing vessel," said the captain of the 600 foot tanker. "Man overboard reported missing for a long time however after rescuing person on sailing vessel, will initiate search and rescue for the MOB [man overboard]." Several Coast Guard rescue aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City was also used in the search.

The Hong Kong flagged tanker enrolled in the Amver system in March, 2009. The survivor is being cared for by the crew of the High Jupiter and will be met by U.S. State Department personnel when the ship arrives in France on or about November 22, 2011.

The other sailor was not found.

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