Monday, July 2, 2018

Amver ship saves 2 German sailors

The Amver participating tanker Abtao rescued two German sailors after their sailboat was demasted and a personal locator beacon was activated approximately 800 miles west of the Azores on Monday, June 25, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard officials received the beacon alert and launched an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 search aircraft along with an the Amver participating tanker. The Abtao was reported to be five miles away from the beacon alert. The captain of the Chilean flagged tanker agreed to divert and assist in the search.

The Abtao was able to locate the sailboat and safely embark the two sailors. "We provided first aid to verify their health status and found the sailors to be in optimal health," emailed Abtao captain Francisco Montero. The survivors will remain on the 600-foot tanker until it arrives at its next port call in Florida.

The Abtao, managed by Sonamar of Chile, enrolled in Amver on July 8, 2004 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

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