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GordMay 23-05-2007 03:45

Lost & Found
A couple of uplifting rescue stories from MarineLink:

Anzio Rescues Stranded Sailors
”... The guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) responded to a distress call May 20 from Amerauto, a 34-foot sailing vessel. The vessel was slowly sinking and the four (Ukranian) crew members were transferred to Anzio. Amerauto was 425 miles from Bermuda when they put out their distress call and 1,700 miles from their next destination of the Azores ...”
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Power Squadron Honors Sea Rescue
”... High school sophomore T.J. Quails, with only ten minutes remaining on his watch (aboard S/V Denis Sullivan), spotted signal flares in the evening sky. He immediately alerted his ship’s captain who notified the United States Coast Guard. The captain promptly directed the ship toward the sinking fishing boat, which was located more than ten miles southeast of Islamorada. Realizing the danger of the situation and that there was no time to wait; crewmembers and students lowered First Mate Scott Hooper into the water to make the rescue. Braving a darkened sky with seven-foot seas under twenty-knot winds, Hooper managed to bring two of the injured men back to the 137-foot schooner. The third man swam to the safety of the students’ waiting hands ...”
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And, not so uplifting:

Vanished: Tales of Boaters Who've Gone Out - But Never Come Back
By Rich Beattie
”... What follows are cases in which boaters simply vanished. Despite extensive investigations, they have yet to be found, either alive or dead. Whatever happened, the deep is holding its secrets tight ...”
Goto: Boating Magazine - Vanished

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