Thursday, May 30, 2013

Amver car carrier saves 5

An Amver participating car carrier rescued 5 people from their overdue canoe as they transited from the Hall Island to Chuuk Island in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, May 24, 2013.

US Coast Guard personnel at Sector Guam received a call from the University of Guam. The University relayed a radio transmission from the Hall Islands of an overdue 19 foot canoe with five people aboard. The canoe departed the island of Murillo on Sunday, May 19th and was set to arrive later that evening on Weno, Chuuk but there was no confirmation the canoe arrived.

On Thursday, May 23, 2013 a US Navy C-130 spotted a 19 foot canoe with five people aboard signaling with a can reflecting in the sun. Coast Guard rescue authorities, utilizing the Amver search and rescue system, diverted the Japanese flagged car carrier Zeus Leader, to rescue the stranded sailors. The Zeus Leader was only 70 miles from the stranded canoe.

Withing four hours of the notification, the 656 foot ship had safely embarked 3 adult males and two boys. The Zeus Leader met with a local Federated States of Micronesia ship, the FSS Palikir. The survivors were transferred to the Palikir and taken to Chuuk while the Zeus Leader continued on its voyage.

The Zeus Leader, managed by NYK Container Lines of Japan, enrolled in Amver on August 10, 2009 and has earned three awards for participation.

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