Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Another very modern rescue in the Atlantic

by US Coastguard/Sail-World Cruising on 28 Jan 2013
View from Winona of rescue of Polish yacht after their EPIRB, registered in Poland, alerted the GEOS command, who activated the US Coastguard, who located Winona via AMVER .. .
The world of the successful modern rescue has to be a symphony of modern electronics and international cooperation. This week three sailors on a yacht, dismasted almost half way between Europe and America, were rescued after their distress signal was picked up by satellite. The registration of their EPIRB showed as Polish. Then through the good services of www.amver.com!AMVER, the US Coastguard located a Barbudan ship who became the Good Samaritan, and the three sailors are now on their way to Norway, the ship's destination.

The good Samaritan crew, aboard the motor vessel Winona, rescued two people from the dismasted sailing vessel, a Polish-registered Tiburon-36, and one from the water, all safely and with no reported injuries.

Watchstanders from the first Coast Guard District command center were notified from the GEOS (satellite) command center that an SOS transmission was received from the Tiburon-36. A GEOS representative spoke with the emergency contact on the beacon's registration, the spouse of the skipper in Poland, but stated there was a language barrier.

The first Coast Guard District command center quickly found a Polish translator and arranged a conference call with the contact to gather information that would help identify the vessel and assess the safety equipment available to the men aboard.

The command center then contacted the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Norfolk, Va., and requested air support from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

An airborne Coast Guard C-130J from Elizabeth City was sent to the position provided by the tiburon-36’s working GEOS radio beacon. A watchstander from the first Coast Guard District in charge of the search and rescue identified several vessels in the area utilizing the AMVER system, a voluntary search and rescue system that merchant vessels participate in to assist other mariners in distress. Several vessels responded to the assistance request and the Winona was identified as the closest vessel in the vicinity of the yacht through the aircraft's long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) system.

The crew of the Winona responded to the request for assistance. With the help of the C-130J crew and constant communication with the first Coast Guard District command center, they were able to locate and recover the three people in aggressive seas using side ladders, liferings and rescue lines.

'Finding ways to communicate was instrumental in determining who could help that far out at sea,' said Petty Officer third Class Stephen Leavitt, the operational unit chair in charge of the search and rescue at the first Coast Guard District. 'It was so important that their GEO spot worked so we could send the right Coast Guard assets and ask nearby good Samaritans to respond as soon as possible to pull the three men to safety.

He added a reminder: 'When embarking on a long voyage it is important to have the proper safety and communication equipment on board so others can efficiently locate and communicate with distressed mariners.'

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 28-34 mph winds and 15 to 20-foot seas.

All three crewmembers are in stable medical condition and will remain aboard the Winona en route to Finnsnes, Norway.
North Technology - Southern SparsBarz Optics - FloatersMackay Boats

Related Articles

Two Oceans, One Rock in a Proa.
A Proa is a multihull sailboat common in the South Pacific and Indonesia. They have two different sized, parallel hulls. A Proa is a multihull sailboat common in the South Pacific and Indonesia. They have two different sized, but parallel hulls. Jzero, the Proa pictured here is a shunting boat and does not tack. Ryan Finn is launching the modified 36-foot Proa, so as to accomplish the fastest-ever, nonstop solo-sail, around the Old Clipper-ship Cape Horn Route from New York to San Francisco.
Posted on 2 Dec
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov
Only room for one at the top
The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. Zhik® is the market leader in waterproof durability with a new standard that replicates the real world sailing environment and conditions. It is an astounding four times more so than the previous leader.
Posted on 28 Nov
Parlier reigns supreme in Hydrofoil Worlds
The south westerly breeze kicks over the land mass over north facing beach, making for flat water despite strong wind. Whatever the shortcomings of the Fremantle Doctor on the first day of competition, were made up for in spades on day two, when the wind kicked in early at 15 knots and quickly built to 18 with gusts as high as 26. The Rockingham course is perfectly suited to such conditions. The south westerly breeze kicks over the land mass over the north facing beach, making for flat water despite strong wind.
Posted on 27 Nov
Fourth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Oh no - not the coffee cup Oh no - not the coffee cup - Jon keeps us all entertained as he approaches Reunion Island. The B&G chartplotter tells me since leaving the pleasant mid Western Australian town of Carnarvon (by world standards, an isolated town), that I have sailed some 2559 NM and have 751nm to go to Le Port Reunion Island. French. Reunion is a Suburb (department) of Paris. Population 844,000.
Posted on 23 Nov
Third Blog from onboard Perie Banou II
Wind over the last week has been quiet and mild - Trade Winds from South East and South South East. It is 0830am here. 1030 in Western Australia. Windy. Rather Windy. Wind over the last week has been quiet and mild - Trade Winds from South East and South South East. Barometer 1018 to 1020 whatever they are. Last night I tapped the barometer and it sorta went oops. 1015hPa. Blimey.
Posted on 18 Nov
Second Blog from onboard Perie Banou II
This is day 13 since leaving the mid Western Australian town of Carnarvon. Remote region. Beautiful town. This is day 13 since leaving the mid Western Australian town of Carnarvon. Remote region. Beautiful town. Kept cooler by the strong south winds, which make the trees bend and grow to the north. Carnarvon is nice, especially the months of September, October, November, and December. The wind is strong. Often near gale strength, with squalls and blue skies.
Posted on 15 Nov
NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic - Day 14 - A dramatic final day
After a week of light winds trades finally returned on last day of NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic to provide pulsating end After a week of light winds the trades finally returned on the last day of the 2016 NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic to provide a pulsating end to the event, which saw Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Ezzy / MFC) defend his single elimination crown, while Sarah-Quita Offringa fought her way back through the double elimination with be crowned the women’s Aloha Classic Champion.
Posted on 14 Nov
NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic - Day 13
After another lay day NoveNove Aloha Classic could all boil down to tomorrow, which is final day of possible competition After another lay day in Maui the 2016 NoveNove Aloha Classic could all boil down to tomorrow, which is the final day of possible competition.
Posted on 13 Nov
METS - TorqueLite 2.0 to be released by Future Fibres at METS
Future Fibres' TorqueLite furling cables have helped change the way that yachts are sailed in the modern era. Since its inception in 2000, Future Fibres' TorqueLite furling cables have helped change the way that yachts are sailed in the modern era. Using the continuous winding process originally developed for America’s Cup and Open 60 campaigns, TorqueLite unique torque transfer enabled yachts to handle their large reaching sails much more easily and began to push towards larger and faster sails.
Posted on 11 Nov