The sailing vessel Courtship, with two persons on board, was taking on water. The Coast Guard LANTAREA Rescue Coordination Center launched a fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City and sent a message asking for assistance from vessels in that area. The motor vessel Gelsur Ana responded to the call and rescued both persons.
Two SARSAT Rescues
Point Hope, Alaska
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and notified North Slope Borough of the PLB activation. The Point Hope Search and Rescue volunteers reported that four men departed Point Hope on two snow machines. The Point Hope volunteers dispatched four search and rescue snow machine search teams to the scene. Later a second PLB was reported 2 miles west of the first PLB. The Point Hope volunteers located the four men about one and a half miles west of the position of the second PLB. The two snow machines had run out of gas. The four men were returned to POINT Hope safe and in good health.
Four SARSAT Rescues
The sailing vessel Vimana, with two persons on board, was taking on water. Rescue Coordination Center Bermuda received the Sarsat alert and diverted an AMVER vessel, the Medi Firenzi, and requested air support from the US Coast Guard. A fixed wing aircraft was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The AMVER vessel arrived on scene and removed both people from the vessel.
Two SARSAT Rescues
Coast Guard District 5 Rescue Coordination Center received a SARSAT alert from the vessel Gypsy Dane. A Navy vessel, the USS Gonzalez, picked up a voice MAYDAY from the vessel which corresponded with the data from the EPIRB. The USS Gonzalez arrived on scene and found the vessel was disabled due to a steering problem. The disabled vessel had 1 person on board. The vessel had been adrift for 4 days. The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca was diverted and arrived on scene after the Navy maintenance crew had repaired the steering. The vessel left under its own power.
One SARSAT Rescue
1,050 NM east of Bermuda
Coast Guard LANTAREA Recue Coordination Center diverted two AMVER vessels to the scene, the SKS Mosel and the motor vessel Navig8 Stealth II. The SKS Mosel reported locating the vessel Jose Almuia capsized and sinking. The SKS Mosel located a raft with six people on board. The survivors reported that when the Jose Almuia capsized five additional crewmembers were thrown into the water. Only one of those was wearing a life jacket. The Navig8 Stealth II located and picked up one of the crewmembers in the water. Canadian and US aircraft searched for the remaining crewmembers with negative results.
Seven SARSAT Rescues
Cape Fear, NC
The owner/operator of the F/V A Different Drummer manually activated his 406 MHz EPIRB when his vessel became disabled and adrift. LANTAREA Rescue Coordination Center established communications with the vessel and the captain requested assistance. The F/V Miss Kaylee overheard the radio conversation between the Coast Guard and the disabled vessel and offered assistance since it was nearby. Shortly after, the F/V Miss Kaylee became disabled when it lost its steering, but was able to anchor. Coast Guard Sector NC diverted the USCGC Block Island to assist the F/V A Different Drummer. When Sector NC lost communications with both vessels, LANTAREA RCC launched a C-130 to locate and communicate with both vessels. The owner of the F/V A Different Drummer sent another vessel to assist the F/V Miss Kaylee. The F/V Miss Kaylee’s crew repaired their steering problem and proceeded to port. The USCGC Block Island arrived on scene and towed the F/V A Different Drummer into Masonboro Inlet, NC.