Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Amver tanker saves 7 in Pacific rescue

The Amver participating tanker Pride (ex British Pride) rescued seven sailors from their disabled speedboat approximately 230 miles west of El Salvador on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Rescue personnel at U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego were notified by the 1,000-foot tanker they had encountered a 25-foot speedboat requesting water and fuel. The Pride did not have gasoline on board to transfer to the distress vessel but did provide water, food and some diesel fuel. The captain of the Pride then notified rescue personnel the sailors on the small boat were requesting additional assistance.

Once the intentions of the sailors was determined the crew of the Pride safely embarked them and reported their conditions to rescue authorities in Panama. "We have rescued all seven members of the crew and there is no report of any missing persons," reported Pride captain LeBlond. "We attempted to raise the boat but were unable to do so because the hook on our crane failed," the captain added.

The crew of the Pride transferred the survivors to Panamanian authorities when they arrived on May 12, 2015. The Pride, managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Cyprus, enrolled in Amver on November 22, 2000 and has earned 15 Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: vesselfinder.com

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