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AMVER vessel, Mare Picenum, rescue sailor 400 nm SE of Long Island, NY

AMVER vessel, Mare Picenum, rescue sailor 400 nm SE of Long Island, NY
A man was rescued 400 miles south east of Long Island by the motor vessel Mare Picenum on Tuesday, June 16, 2021. The sailing vessel Katharina had become disabled due to a broken mast leaving the man adrift in need of assistance.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Noel / Air Station Cape Cod.

BOSTON​ — AMVER vessel, Mare Picenum, crew rescue an 81-year-old sailor from their disabled sailing vessel approximately 400 nm SE of Long Island, New York.

Coast Guard 1st District Command Center watchstanders received a report at approximately 4:52 a.m., Tuesday, that the 36-foot, German-flagged sailing vessel, Katharina, was disabled​ due to a​ broken mast. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean​ Sentry aircraft aircrew immediately launched​ to assist. Once HC-144 crew was on scene, they established communication with the Katharina, and queried all Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) vessels within the area.

Upon making contact with multiple AMVER vessels, the crew of the Mare Picenum, an 898-foot Italian flagged oil tanker, less than 25 miles away, accepted the request, and diverted to assist.

AMVER vessel, Mare Picenum, rescue sailor 400 nm SE of Long Island, NY
A man was rescued 400 miles south east of Long Island by the motor vessel Mare Picenum on Tuesday, June 16, 2021. The Coast Guard 1st District command center issued an enhanced group calling (EGC) message and established communications with multiple automated mutual-assistance vessels (AMVER) within the area in order to rescue the man.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Noel / Air Station Cape Cod.

The Mare Picenum crew received notification at approximately 9:30 a.m. and safely rescued the sailor at 12:54 p.m. The sailor reported no medical concerns or injuries. He was the only person aboard the Katharina.

«Seafarers are force multipliers in any search and rescue case,» said Benjamin Strong, AMVER director, for the Coast Guard. «The heroic efforts to rescue the German yachtsman are in keeping with the highest tradition of mariners helping mariners. The actions taken by the crew of Mare Picenum reinforce the relevance and importance of the Coast Guard AMVER system, and the role it plats in global search and rescue

AMVER vessel, Mare Picenum, rescue sailor 400 nm SE of Long Island, NY
Archive image: The centennial HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter fly over a retired Coast Guard station museum at Coast Guard beach, Eastham, Massachusetts, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod will celebrate 104 years of aviation in Mass. and 50 years on Cape Cod.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll.

The AMVER system, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.​ ​ On any day there are over 7,000 ships available to carry out search and rescue services.

Weather on scene was reported as 35 mph winds with 5 foot seas.

-USCG-

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