sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Photo Gallery Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters
Sail-World.com : Another rescue by AMVER ship Northern Star - thank you AMVER!
Another rescue by AMVER ship Northern Star - thank you AMVER!

'Hokulani and Northern Star - photo by USCG, AMVER1958'    .

One of the main positive reasons for studying incidents at sea and rescues is to discover what can be learned vicariously, but the following story of a rescue has an equally important reason - the recognition of the vital global role that AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) plays in modern rescues. Read this latest anecdote first:

The Amver participating cruise ship, Norwegian Star, rescued two sailors from their disabled sailboat 55 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba on Saturday, March 3, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert for the 38 foot sailboat- Hokulani.

The Coast Guard, using an Amver surface picture, determined the Norwegian Star was only 30 miles away from the distress location and diverted them to assist. They also launched an Ocean Sentry aircraft to assist in the search.

The sailboat was severely damaged by rough seas and the crew was worried they would not make it to port. 'We have been dragging our rogue [anchor] for 18 hours,' a survivor reported to the Coast Guard, 'I don’t know we can make it.'

The 965 foot cruise ship arrived on scene and launched a small boat to recover the two sailors. Waves were 2 to 4 feet with winds gusting approximately 20 knots as the rescue boat came alongside the sailboat, blessedly calm weather for the rescue of the sailors.

The cruise ship was on its way from the Caribbean to Tampa when the incident occurred, and a passenger on the cruise ship took this video from the ninth floor balcony of her cabin:


Within four hours of the initial distress notification the sailors were safely aboard the Bahamian flagged cruise ship and headed to its next port, Tampa, Fla. The sailboat was marked as a hazard to navigation and left adrift. The sailors were uninjured.

Hokulani crew being rescued by Northern Star crew - photo by Northern Star crew -  .. .  
The Norwegian Star enrolled in the Amver system on July 28, 2004 and has earned seven awards for participation.

The was not the first time the Norwegian Star has saved someone.

The cruise ship also rescued a sailor from a damaged sail boat in 2009 near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


Reporting, as we at Sail-World often are on world-wide rescues, it almost the norm rather than the exception that AMVER becomes involved at some point in the rescue. Sometimes they merely stand by to give wind cover until rescuing authorities arrive, but only too often they act as the rescuing party.

How does it work?
It is a computer-based system which identifies at any given second where the ships of volunteer shipping companies have their ships. This is then used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.

An example of the graphics in an AMVER ’surface picture’ -  .. .  
With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond. Participating in AMVER does not put ships under any additional obligation to assist in search and rescue efforts, beyond that which is required under international law.

Beginnings with the Titanic disaster:
The beginnings of the AMVER system were with the Titanic disaster in 1912. Ships passing within sight of the ill-fated passenger liner were unaware that it had hit an iceberg and was sinking. Upon later investigation, those who had seen the distress flares from the stricken ship admitted they thought they were merely part of the maiden voyage celebrations. This tragic information was the genesis of the seen necessity for a full time global emergency reporting system, but it was not to come into force until 1958, when AMVER was born.

Today:
Today, over 22,000 ships from hundreds of nations participate in Amver. An average of 4,000 ships are on the Amver plot each day and those numbers continue to increase. The Amver Center computer receives over 14,000 Amver messages a day.

Over 2,800 lives have been saved by Amver-participating ships since 2000. The success of Amver is directly related to the extraordinary cooperation of ships, companies, SAR authorities, communication service providers and governments in supporting this international humanitarian program to protect life and property at sea.

For the cruising sailors of the world, thank you AMVER.

On the way back from the Caribbean to Tampa on 3/3/12, the Norwegian cruise ship Star was called to rescue a sail boat from the Gulf of Mexico. I observed this rescue right from the ninth floor balcony of my cabin. I don't know what happened to the sail boat the Hokulani from Honolulu, Hawaii, but both passengers were rescued safely and their boat sent a drift.


by Nancy Knudsen

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94756

2:59 AM Sun 11 Mar 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
EPIRB's and rescues

Related News Stories:

01 Mar 2012  New Zealand yacht lost on reef off Venezuela
25 Feb 2012  Curiouser and curiouser - Why did super yacht Yogi sink?
04 Feb 2012  Brisbane sailor missing in mystery incident
01 Feb 2012  GPS navigation blamed for midnight collision
28 Jan 2012  Sea Dog and owner rescued by bulk ore carrier off Cape York Australia
17 Jan 2012  Pleasure yacht sinks off Oman, all rescued
13 Jan 2012  Two sailors and child rescued off Port Macquarie
11 Jan 2012  Sailors come up trumps - eight-day horror voyage
04 Jan 2012  Sail-training crew rescued in 60knot weather
30 Dec 2011  Floating yachts abandoned - the scene in 2011
MORE STORIES ...









Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

.... [more]  




Irish student turns a mobile phone into a VHF radio by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner/Sail-World,








'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley by Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World,












Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,










British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge by Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,


How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,














Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,














RYA Competent Crew Skills – Second edition now available
Why ethanol and boats don’t mix + Video
Check this sailing gear more often during the season
Bluewater open boat weekend - if you are 'starboard' of the Atlantic
Laura Dekker honoured by OCC Award of Merit in New Zealand
Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know?
Smaller but plenty of space: The Nautitech Open 40
Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction
Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act'
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours
Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world
Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play
Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again
3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters
Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation   
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone   
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly   
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make   
Multihull Solutions Phuket 2014 Regatta - new sponsorship   
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea   
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann   
Jet stream gets fish in hot water   
Still no plans for e-Borders   
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant   
Air warms but water slower - be careful, sailors, of hypothermia   
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?   
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record   
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'   
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?   
Health benefits of sailing   
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts   
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising   
Halyard Tension - a video   
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power   


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  



















 
Our Advertisers are committed to our sport, please support them!
This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia Pty. Ltd and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.

Photographs are copyright by law. If you wish to use or buy a photograph you must contact the photographer directly (there is a hyperlink in most cases to their website, or do a Google search.) with your request.

Please do not contact Sail-World.com as we cannot give permission for use of other photographer’s images.

Only if the photographer named on the image is Sail-world.com, Powerboat-world.com, Marinebusiness-world.com or NZBoating-World.com.
Contact us .
Ph: +61 2 8006 1873 or complete our feedback form    Contact us .
   View our Privacy Policy.    [Go Home]     [  Banner Advertising Specification]    [Bot Archive ]

Customised news feeds -Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have their own customised version of our news feed on their website.
Look_here_to_see_examples

X6XL WAS CRU NH