The COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHZ PLB distress signal about 1200 NM east of Puerto Rico. The sailing vessel Recidive, with four persons on board, was demasted and they set off their PLB. The Coast Guard LANTAREA Rescue Coordination Center diverted a volunteer vessel the Kanaris to the scene. In addition LANTAREA launched an aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City. The four persons were taken aboard the Kanaris, in good health.
Four SARSAT Rescues.
Approx. 70 NM southeast of New Bedford, Massachusetts
The COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHZ EPIRB distress signal approximately 70 NM southeast of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Nine people on board the motor vessel Dintelborg, a 432-foot dry cargo freighter, traveling from the Netherlands to Wilmington, Delaware, activated their EPIRB when there was a fire on the bridge which disabled the vessel’s electrical system. Coast Guard District One (CGD01) tried to contact the vessel after they were alerted by the SARSAT alert. CGD01 issued a request for assistance for any vessel near the disabled vessel. In addition CGD01 launched a helicopter to the scene. CGD01 also requested a fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. A volunteer vessel, the Nord Intelligence responded to the request for assistance and went to the scene. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived at the scene and established communication with the disabled vessel. The tugboat Rowan M McAllister departed from New Bedford, Massachusetts to tow the Dintelborg to Providence, Rhode Island. No injuries were reported.
Nine SARSAT Rescues.
NW of Nuigsut, Alaska
The COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz PLB northwest of Nuigsut, Alaska. Five people were stranded when their snow machines became stuck. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and passed the SARSAT location data to the North Slope Borough Rescue (NSBR). NSBR dispatched two ground teams to locate the five people. The two ground teams were successful and a NSBR helicopter recovered the five people and transported them to safety. No injuries were reported.
Five SARSAT Rescues.
Approx. 1200 NM west of Puerto Rico
The COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz EPIRB distress signal approximately 1200 NM west of Puerto Rico. The French sailing vessel Nacouda struck an unidentified object that caused the sailing vessel to sink. The person on board the Nacouda manually activated his EPIRB when he boarded his life raft. The French Mission Control Center and the Coast GUARD District 5 (CGD05) received the SARSAT alert. CGD05 issued a request for assistance for any vessel nearby. CGD05 was then able to communicate with the vessel Sebring Express. The crew of the Sebring Express was able to locate the life raft and recover the sailor from his life raft. The sailor was transported to safety with no reported injuries.