Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Amver ship saves sailor adrift for 66 days

The Amver participating container ship Houston Express rescued a sailor adrift for 66 days off the North Carolina coast on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel at the Fifth District Command Center received notification from the 1085-foot container ship Houston Express stating the crew had spotted the man and his vessel 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The German-flagged ship was on a voyage to France but turned around in order to coordinate a medevac of the survivor by a Coast Guard helicopter.

"The survivor appears to be in good health but he is dehydrated," the captain of the Houston Express reported to the Coast Guard. "He might have a dislocated shoulder," the captain added.

The sailor, 37-year old Luis Jordan and his sailing vessel Angel, were originally reported missing by his family to the Coast Guard on January 29.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina hoisted the survivor and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.

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Here is an audio recording of Mr. Jordan's father thanking the captain of the Houston Express.

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The Houston Express, managed by the Norddeutsche Reederei H Schuldt GmbH and Co on Hamburg, Germany, enrolled in Amver on April 5, 2006 and has earned six Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com
Video credit: USCG video
Audio credit: USCG audio

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