Monday, June 30, 2014

Amver ship saves 210 migrants

According to an email forwarded to the Amver center, the Amver participating ship Peruvian Reefer rescued 210 migrants on June 8, 2014.

The captain of the 452 foot reefer  noted in his email that the crew spotted two boats loaded with migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and immediately notified Italian rescue authorities.   Italian personnel instructed the captain and crew to attempt to rescue the migrants.

According to the ship's message, as the ship approached the second boat in distress the survivors were so anxious to be rescued they capsized their small boat and it sank. "Due to the capsizing two people went under water," the captain stated, "we immediately lowered a rescue boat but he current made the bodies drift away."

Once all the survivors were aboard the Bahamian flagged ship the crew provided first aid, food, water and took photos of every migrant for the Italian Coast Guard.

Italian authorities advised the crew of the reefer, which was hauling bananas to Libya, to sail to Sicily to disembark the survivors. Once the transfer of the survivors was made the Peruvian Reefer was released and continued on its voyage to discharge bananas.

The Peruvian Reefer, managed by NYK Cool of Japan, enrolled in Amver on April 6, 1997.

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