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Coast Guard assists disabled vessel 39 miles north of Freeport, Bahamas

Coast Guard Freeport Bahamas vessel assist mission, MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Miami
Air Station Miami operates a fleet of five MH-65D Dolphin helicopters and five HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Jospeh Feldman (archive).

MIAMI — The Coast Guard assisted a disabled 45-foot pleasure craft, Viking Lady, with four people aboard 39 miles north of Freeport, Bahamas, Sunday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) and crew safely towed the vessel and crew to a commercial salvage vessel, who took over the towing operations for further transport of the Viking Lady to New River, Ft. Lauderdale.  

Coast Guard Freeport Bahamas vessel assist mission, Cutter Margaret Norvell
The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell.
The cutter is named after Coast Guard heroine Margaret Norvell who served admirably for 41 years with the U.S. Lighthouse Service in Louisiana from 1891 to 1932.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios (archive).

Coast Guard District 7 watchstanders received notification that a disabled vessel was experiencing issues with its fuel transfer pump and was anchored. The Viking Lady crew activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon to provide specific location information, in which a commercial salvage vessel crew responded. An Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew also responded to the EPIRB and located the Viking Lady and crew. 

Coast Guard Freeport Bahamas vessel Viking Lady assist mission
The Viking Lady crew activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. After attempting towing the Viking Lady, commercial salvage experienced difficulties to proceed due to the sea conditions were not optimal for transiting. The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) crew arrived on scene and relieved commercial salvage safely taking in tow the Viking Lady and transporting the Viking Lady. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

After the commercial salvage vessel attempted towing the Viking Lady, it began experiencing difficulties to proceed due to the sea conditions. The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell crew arrived on scene and relieved the commercial salvage vessel safely taking the Viking Lady in tow. The Margaret Norvell crew transported the Viking Lady and crew to another commercial salvage vessel near Ft. Lauderdale. 

Coast Guard Freeport Bahamas vessel assist mission
The Viking Lady crew activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. After attempting towing the Viking Lady, commercial salvage experienced difficulties to proceed due to the sea conditions were not optimal for transiting. The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) crew arrived on scene and relieved commercial salvage safely taking in tow the Viking Lady and transporting the Viking Lady. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

«It is critically important to register your EPIRB. It is easy to register and this will help the Coast Guard establish quickly that your call is legitimate and it will help them to know what to look for, as well as give your information and emergency contact,» said Lt. Ray Lopez, Coast Guard Sector Miami Command Center duty officer. «Having your safety equipment available while you are traveling through the water may save your life in a distress situation.»

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