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Old 29-10-2011, 18:56   #1
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Crew of S/V 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center helped coordinate the rescue of five people 256 miles northeast of Bermuda with the assistance of the cruise ship Norwegian Gem, Saturday morning.
At approximately 7 a.m., watchstanders received notification from a member of the sailing vessel Sanctuary, stating that they had taken several large breaking waves over the bow, had lost power and were slowly taking on water.
A C-130 Hercules crew from Air Station Elizabeth City was launched to locate and assist.
The reporting source said that the crew all had life jackets on, but their life raft had washed overboard.
Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue system, the Coast Guard asked the captain of the Norwegian Gem to assist the sailors in distress.
The Norwegian Gem diverted course, was directed to the scene by the C-130 crew, and successfully rescued the five people from the Sanctuary.



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Old 29-10-2011, 20:02   #2
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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.
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Old 29-10-2011, 20:25   #3
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They are very lucky that all went well. A quick look at Passage Weather, it looks like a 30 plus knot wind against the Gulf Stream, and the eddies can kick up some waves too.
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Re: Crew of SV Sanctuary Abandon Ship

Anyone know the size and make of the S/V? The water must have broke thru some hatches.
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Old 29-10-2011, 20:55   #5
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Anyone know the size and make of the S/V? The water must have broke thru some hatches.
Earlier this year I called the Coast Guard office that puts out the notices and asked why they didn't post more information along with them. I think the response was that they don't want to publish the wrong or incorrect data.
Like mbianka said, someone on the cruise ship must have the pictures and videos.
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Old 29-10-2011, 21:26   #6
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"At sea" days on cruise ship can be exciting.
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Old 29-10-2011, 21:37   #7
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Re: Crew of SV Sanctuary Abandon Ship

maybe this boat?

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Old 29-10-2011, 21:47   #8
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I saw that boat too but was left wondering if they could made the upwind haul from Grenada and then north to Bermuda in the 25 days. They would have had to work pretty hard and have had good weather. Grenada to New York, basically, how long does that take?
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These guys were heading for St Thomas a couple weeks ago. It’s scary up there! « Sanctuary Cruising
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

256 miles North EAST of Bermuda ?? Where were they going?-- or off course.?
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

This article says the Norwegian Gem was two hours away (say 40 nm) from the sailboat, and was on it's way back to New York from Bermuda. Sounds like they were NW of Bermuda, not NE.

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Sanctuary was located approximately 350 nautical miles from New York in the North Atlantic Ocean, two hours away from Norwegian Gem, the closest vessel in the area. Norwegian Gem’s Captain Hakan Svedung immediately diverted course to rescue the four men and one woman aboard. Upon reaching the Sanctuary, Norwegian Gem encountered extreme weather conditions with wind force up to 40 knots and large swells, making it challenging to launch the ship’s rescue boat. Once in the water, the rescue boat made contact with the sailboat and quickly transferred the five occupants who were Canadians.
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I found a web site that shows the track of the Norwegian Gem. It appears that her normal routed runs between New York and Bermuda.
I looked at a 1000 hours of tracking and you can see that she veered way way, way off course to the north east.

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One might assume that that is the point of rescue and time will tell, for sure.

Good job with the picture, Hud. The video will follow shortly, most likely, as these things go
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Re: Crew of SV 'Sanctuary' Abandon Ship

One source said 39 feet.

It is October, what was the boat doing there?

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I'd guess they were headed for Bermuda as a stop on the way to the Caribbean. Hundreds of cruisers depart from US East Coast ports for the island this time of year, either directly or via Bermuda. It's actually the best time to make the passage. My own preference is to leave from a more southerly point--Hampton Roads, Virginia, or Beaufort, NC. Less exposure to storms that way, but many leave from New England.
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Another link to the rescue information: Ship Critic Blog
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