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Old 30-10-2011, 07:56   #16
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

The weather must have been pretty rough. Here is another rescue, same day.

Emerald Isle NC Rescue
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Old 30-10-2011, 08:05   #17
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The Captain of the Norwegian Gem wrote:
“This rescue operation was conducted under extremely difficult circumstances,” said Captain Svedung. “I am proud of our crew who braved their lives to rescue the five people in distress.”
Good on them for a job well done.
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The Captain of the Norwegian Gem wrote:
“This rescue operation was conducted under extremely difficult circumstances,” said Captain Svedung. “I am proud of our crew who braved their lives to rescue the five people in distress.”
Good on them for a job well done.
Indeed! Just launching and recovering the rescue craft boat can be an invitation to serious injury or worse in those conditions. Obiviously they are well trained.
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OMG! Is that a catamaran rescuing the crew from a monohull? Who would have thunk it? BOB
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Old 30-10-2011, 10:00   #20
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

My boat was formerly Sanctuary. It is loose nuts like this one that made me change its name. Conditions look terrible, even for a cruise ship. On close inspection it looks like a Bendy 39.
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Glad to hear of a happy ending to a bad situation. Must have been pretty nasty out there in the middle of the Nor'easter. Should be some video's on You Tube soon of the rescue considering a cruise ship did it and lot's of people on board have cameras.
My sister was on that boat. They left Sandy hook heading to Bermuda.
Is this true about a perfect storm situation? Also would it appear they were very much off course?
I'm still waiting to get word from her.
The boat was a Beneteau 391.
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Welcome to the forum nicoleb. We will hope and pray for your sister.
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Old 30-10-2011, 10:18   #23
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Nicoleb,
Thank you for joining us on Cruisers Forum and welcome.
I'm glad your sister was rescued from a situation that must have felt life threatening. I know many of us are relieved that it turned out well for the crew.
It was a "perfect storm" for your sister, in that it sounds like things went "perfect(ly)" wrong. I've been in a similar situation on a delivery to Bermuda.
My guess, and it's just a guess, is that they were in strong currents running counter to the gale forced winds from the east.
In time we can locate their last position in the Gulf Stream to confirm that, but the weather charts showed 30 plus knots, on the nose heading from New York to Bermuda.
You can trust that they were sailing in heavy seas and I'm sure they did the best they could.

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My sister was on that boat. They left Sandy hook heading to Bermuda.
Is this true about a perfect storm situation? Also would it appear they were very much off course?
I'm still waiting to get word from her.
The boat was a Beneteau 391.
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Old 30-10-2011, 10:19   #24
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

Pretty terrifying to have your life raft wash overboard as your boat slowly sinks lower. That's a footnote to the long "Liferaft: Yes or No?" thread currently running here.

Any idea how they contacted the CG? Was it via SSB or satellite phone?

Did they have an EPIRB onboard?
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Kudos to all involved in a successful rescue. Kind of negates some of the CG bashing that seems to occur from time to time on this and other forums.
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

Welcome to the forum nicoleb...glad your sisters OK.
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256 miles North EAST of Bermuda ?? Where were they going?-- or off course.?
When I crewed on this trip, we made our turn for St. Thomas out of Virginia approximately 30 NM SW of Bermuda...we saw the loom but we didn't stop because the wind favoured due south. 256 NM NE seems a lot of leeway, even with the Gulf Stream set against them.
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

so what happened to sanctuary?/is it gonna be salvaged in ireland or iceland or did she actually sink??
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Hi there...Trying to get more info. My sister was on the Santuary. I presume now safely in NY. Can you elaborate a little further on your findings...Was the santuary
was off course?
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Nicoleb,
No one can really tell you if she was off course until we hear from the Captain and/or the crew, what the destination actually was and the exact point at which they abandoned ship.
Until we know that it's all guessing.
That said, if they were heading for Bermuda they missed it by a country mile and they wouldn't be the first (or last) to do so
Perhaps their GPS failed, again just guessing.
Everyone who has made those trips lucked out in one way or another and arrived safely, in spite of weather, bad seamanship, bad boat preparation, equipment failure, etc...
There have been several threads on this site about boats being abandoned as they made their way to Bermuda, so your sister's ship is not the first.
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