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Old 03-06-2014, 18:43   #1
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Container ship saved single hand sailor

Another sailor gets taken off--from

Coast Guard crews coordinated the rescue of the skipper of thy Belgium flagged, 42-ft-yacht "Vagrant" approximately 450 miles southeast of Cape Cod on June 2, 2014. Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston received notification at 9:30 p.m. on May 31 from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that the "Vagrant" , was taking on water at a rate of one gallon-per-hour and was experiencing heavy winds and seas. When the vessel missed scheduled satellite phone calls in the morning of June 1, the Coast Guard immediately launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Air Station Cape Cod and a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. to try to locate the vessel. The USS "New York" and multiple commercial vessels also responded to assist. Overcoming limited information on the vessel's location and planned course, the C-130 crew spotted the sailing vessel adrift with tattered sails. Unable to raise the vessel on the radio, the C-130 dropped a communications package, but 40-knot winds and 16-foot seas prevented the sole crewmember from the "Vagrant" from recovering it. The "Kuala Lumpur Express" was the first commercial vessel on scene and made a close quarters pass to formulate a rescue plan. The "Hoegh Maputo" arrived for secondary support. The crew of the "Kuala Lumpur" Express made a second pass and lowered a small boat to extract the man from the vessel. The crew reported that the man was in good health and uninjured.
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Old 03-06-2014, 18:53   #2
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Re: Container ship saved single hand sailor

Geez, these rescues are becoming an epidemic!

And, at least the initial reports for this, and some other recent rescues, don't sound so bad: 1 GPH, 40 knots, 16' seas...hardly survival conditions.

Sure seems like an increase in rescue incidents, be interesting to compare to past numbers.

Did RH make it trendy? ;-) (just joking of course). Climate change?
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Old 03-06-2014, 19:13   #3
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Re: Container ship saved single hand sailor

If I hit that sailboat are the Alpha cat 42 that was left adrift .I know whom to file a lawsuit against. Since when did it stop being proper seamanship to cut
your hoses and let her sink or for that matter have the rescue ship sink her.
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