Monday, April 16, 2012

Amver ships assists in rescue on Titanic anniversary

The Amver system was founded 54 years ago as a direct result of the Titanic disaster.

On Sunday, April 15, 2012- 100 years after the Titanic went down in the Atlantic- another emergency was unfolding. A sailboat with three French yachtsmen was in distress, and the Amver participating  Russian tanker Moscow Sea was among the many resources steaming to help.

The Spanish fishing vessel Generoso Tercero was identified by the aircrew during the aircraft's transit from St. John's, Newfoundland, and was diverted to rescue the sailors. All three sailors are safely aboard Generoso Tercero with no reported injuries.

“It’s amazing that three people were rescued using Amver on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton, a public affairs specialist in Boston. “Amver was created in the wake of the Titanic disaster. Passing ships had unintentionally sailed passed Titanic unaware of its collision.”

What does a rescue like this look like? Take a look at this footage captured by a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 rescue aircraft.

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You can learn more about Amver and how it works here.

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Video credit: USCG video

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