Friday, February 28, 2014

Amver ship rescues two yachtsmen near Puerto Rico

Two yachtsmen were rescued by the Amver ship Brodiaea after their 36 foot sailboat Chapter III became demasted and disabled 230 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, February 17, 2014.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Miami, Fla. received the initial notification from the sailboat and notified rescue authorities at Sector San Juan. Sector San Juan used the Amver system to locate the Cayman Island flagged Brodiaea only 70 miles from the disabled sailboat. Captain Li Guangzhao immediately turned the general cargo ship to the distress location.

"We see them on our radar," reported the captain of the 580 foot ship as it approached the disabled sailboat. "We sent our first mate to assist in the transfer," Captain Guangzhao continued.

Two sailors were transferred to the cargo ship but not before one of the survivors fell into the water. He was quickly recovered by the crew of the Brodiaea and treated for shock in the ship's infirmary. There were no serious injuries to either survivor.

The sailboat was marked as a hazard to navigation and left adrift. The survivors stayed aboard the Brodiaea until it reached port in New Orleans.

The M/V Brodiaea, managed by Escobal Japan Ltd, enrolled in Amver on February 1, 2010.

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