sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters
Sail-World.com : Dramatic Gulf of Mexico sinking of 60ft cat unexplained
Dramatic Gulf of Mexico sinking of 60ft cat unexplained


'60ft catamaran had already sunk below the waves by the time rescue arrived - photo from US Coast Guard'    .

When rescuers arrived on the scene, there was nothing left of the 60ft sailing catamaran, sunk below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico this week. Had they not had proper equipment to radio their plight, the 12 people in the water, supported by their life jackets, may have come to a very different end.

Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews rescued the 12 people after their catamaran, Reefman, began taking on water overnight and sank 14 miles off Freeport.

The master of the catamaran, Reef Man, made a Mayday call on VHF channel 16 at 9:10 a.m. and reached watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston.

However, the time between the call and the watchstanders losing contact was very short. They launched rescue crews aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston and a 45-foot Response Boat—Medium from Station Freeport.

While the survivors did not make it clear why the catamaran was unsaveable, the time of the rescue and the shortness of the time between the first call and loss of contact indicate, according to some reports, that the crew and passengers were unaware of the water entering the boat until it was too late.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 9:45 a.m. to find the catamaran had completely sunk and the people were wearing their lifejackets, floating in the water. They deployed the rescue swimmer to assist them. The boat crew arrived minutes later and the rescue swimmer began swimming each survivor to the Coast Guard boat.

'These situations are exactly what we train for,' said Petty Officer third Class Paul Wiedenhoeft, the helicopter's rescue swimmer later. 'As I came to the door and saw all the people in the water, it was at that point where all the training started to kick in. I just jumped in the water and started swimming.'

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to have the proper safety equipment.

'In instances like this one,' they said, 'having a VHF-FM marine band radio and lifejackets can mean the difference between life and death.'

The video was taken by the Coast Guard from the Dolphon helicopter:


by Sail-World Cruising Round-up

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=115385

1:49 AM Fri 4 Oct 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

A Mooring in Iceberg Alley by Rebecca Jackson,




Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




















4.8 million Legos all at sea by Adam Clark Estes,








Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,






Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),




Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors by Captain John Jamieson, Florida


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,














Baby Nemos finding their way home by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,








Africa Europe Cruising Challenge now open for entries
The real ‘Supermoon’ story
Warm and noisy welcome for Oceans of Hope in La Rochelle
Sailor rescued after Facebook call for rescue
Solo sailing star's passion = busy environmental schedule
El Niño (Part 2). Effects on the Pacific Ocean
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 1)
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, photos
The Galley Guys' favourite shrimp recipe
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
BoatUS speaks out about 'Ethanol-at-all-cost Agenda'
Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards
Eco-Sailboat of the future - Catherine Chabaud at work
The final touch - which wax should I use on my boat?
ARC Baltic sets sail to discover Europe's 'east sea'
Another boom death. Australian sailor dies, hit by swinging boom
Galley Guru vital to the life of the cruising sailor
'Boat Handling in Marinas' by Rob Gibson - and how to get it reliably
Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac
If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs
Climate change could stop fish finding their friends   
Vanuatu ups their welcome to cruising sailors with new approach   
British Vessels asked to mark First World War Centenary   
Criminal charges mooted for owners of sunk HMS Bounty   
Red faces after authorities inadvertently aid boat thief to get away   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
New import permit for Mexico resolves impound problems   
Captain Phillips and Obama admin wants pirates' nests eradicated   
Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea   
Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way!   
A Beer Bummel on the Thames River   
Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes   
Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention   
The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year?   
Polish adventure sailor in second try at North West Passage   
Demystifying Croatian requests for taxation documents on yachts   
Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods   
Jessica Watson, solo sailing star, four years on...   
Americas solo non-stop circumnavigator crosses Pacific for research   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT