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Old 07-11-2011, 06:04   #1
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Crew of SV 'Elle' Abandon Ship

Coast Guard uses AMVER, assists adrift sailing vessel:


PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center coordinated the rescue of four people 180 nautical miles northwest of Bermuda with the assistance of a ship, Sunday evening.
The Rescue Coordination Centre Bermuda contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 3 a.m., reporting that one person aboard the Elle sustained injuries to his ribs, the vessel lost steering capabilities and became adrift.
Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, the Coast Guard directed the Oleander, a vessel of the Bernhard Schulte Ship Management, to the Elle's location.
The Oleander diverted course and rescued the four people aboard the Elle at approximately 11 a.m.
The Oleander crew and the rescued are en route to Bermuda.
"The RCC Bermuda was the only agency that had good communications with the vessel," said Lt. Victor Almodovar, a search and rescue controller at the 5th District Command Center. "Without the coordination with the rescue center, we would not have been able to relay the information to the Elle."
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We (bermuda) are in the third day of gale force or better, which backed up from the NE.
I commented a few days ago on CF that anyone out there was in for a rough time.
The Oleander is the weekly container vessel from Port Elizabeth NJ.
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It's reported they lost the ability to steer.
I've never done it, but one idea comes to mind: Heave to with temporary steering.
As always, more will be revealed in time.........and I'm glad they are safe and well.
That's two vessels in two weeks left adrift north of Bermuda that we know of.
Several years ago I took pictures of a large, red, buoy I sailed past, which was floating north of Bermuda and I reported it to Bermuda radio. They had been tracking it and I wonder what ever happened to that buoy? Somewhere in the Atlantic there may be a collection of boats and buoys floating together.
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...Somewhere in the Atlantic there may be a collection of boats and buoys floating together.
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Re: Crew of SV Elle Abandon Ship

Our Mills Breaker bouy, an eastern cardinal mark, was once washed ashore in Scotland. I know of 3 boats locally that drifted here and not claimed. Sold by the Reciever of Wrecks, and Customs.
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I'm pretty sure it was marked "8", that buoy. It was actually funny to see such a thing just kind of floating around in the day-time; probably not so funny at night. That was a huge buoy.
goboatingnow addresses the difficulty in heaving to in a modern hull designs, on the Sanctuary thread....and with temporary rudder even more difficult.
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With temporary rudder I'd lay a-hull and wait... down all sail and head below... then wedge myself in...
Not comfortable and a bit scary but one gets through...
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I'm pretty sure it was marked "8", that buoy. It was actually funny to see such a thing just kind of floating around in the day-time; probably not so funny at night. That was a huge buoy.
goboatingnow addresses the difficulty in heaving to in a modern hull designs, on the Sanctuary thread....and with temporary rudder even more difficult.

Not to stray further, but-- if it was red, and ours, it would have an odd number. We, for the sake of our American friends, have your system of red, right ,returning--but the English numbering sstem of red/odd numbers.
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With temporary rudder I'd lay a-hull and wait... down all sail and head below... then wedge myself in...
Not comfortable and a bit scary but one gets through...
Boaty likey likes heavin' any chance he can get, so he can make some more welsh wrabbit! YUm!!!
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Re: Crew of SV 'Elle' Abandon Ship

While were waiting for more info I'll go off topic too (as if I need an excuse). For a while in the Gulf of Mexico there were two huge steel floats 10-12 feet diameter tied together with a 2 inch steel cable, about 150 feet apart. Try getting that stuck in your propeller! We reported it, but the USCG didn't anounce it- too far out of the shipping lanes I guess.
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While were waiting for more info I'll go off topic too (as if I need an excuse). For a while in the Gulf of Mexico there were two huge steel floats 10-12 feet diameter tied together with a 2 inch steel cable, about 150 feet apart. Try getting that stuck in your propeller! We reported it, but the USCG didn't anounce it- too far out of the shipping lanes I guess.
seriously? Any idea what the hell it was?
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welsh rarebit(rabbit) is yummmmmm
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nope--still at a dock--almost same difference..LOL--i know--gonna has bad lucks....
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