Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Amver container ship saves 4 near Bermuda

Four sailors were rescued by an Amver participating container ship after their 46 foot sailboat became demasted and the engine was fouled approximately 129 miles south east of Bermuda on June 14, 2013.

The crew of the sailboat activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alerting Bermuda rescue authorities. Bermuda rescue personnel also contacted U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Portsmouth, Va. who queried the Amver system and located the 885 foot container ship Altamira Express and requested the ship divert to assist the sailboat.  The Bermuda flagged ship was only 12 miles from the distress location.

The Altamira Express contacted U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities that the crew had rescued all four yachtsmen in good health and disembarked them in Cagliari, Italy on June 24, 2013.

The Altamira Express, managed by Hapag-Lloyd AG of Hamburg, Germany, enrolled in Amver on January 1, 1988 and earned 12 Amver participation awards.

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