Fascinating footage of rescue at sea

Two good Samaritan vessels worked together to rescue two British mariners from a disabled sailing yacht about 520nm off the coast of Bermuda.

Watchstanders at the Fifth U.S. Coast Guard District command centre received a call from the Rescue Coordination Centre United Kingdom who reported that a 39-foot sailboat had become disabled off Bermuda due to a broken steering box. Two sailors were on board.

The Fifth District command centre activated the AMVER system to alert vessels in the area and request assistance. The product tanker, Torm Laura, answered the call and diverted to the scene. However, she was unable to carry out a rescue due to heavy seas, and she eventually departed, according to Maritime Executive.

Two additional AMVER vessels arrived: the tanker, Magellan Spirit, and the gas carrier, Ethane Sapphire. The Ethane Sapphire acted as a wind barricade for the Magellan Spirit to launch a small boat and safely transfer the two British mariners on board. The Magellan Spirit and the Brits are now en route to Spain.

The yacht was left adrift with her navigation lights on and her AIS activated, allowing her to be tracked for any future recovery operations.

“When a mariner is experiencing an emergency far offshore, it can be unrealistic to get a Coast Guard asset to the scene quickly,” says Lt. Daniel Dunn, command duty officer at the Fifth Coast Guard District command centre. “The AMVER System allows us to coordinate a rescue utilising nearby vessels willing to help.”

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