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Coast Guard coordinates the rescue of three Canadian boaters from sailing vessel 140 nautical miles of Bermuda

Coast Guard coordinates rescue of three Canadian mariners from sailing vessel 140 miles off Bermuda HC-130 Hercules Air Station Elizabeth City
Archive image: Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC130J Super Hercules in flight over North Carolina.
The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Super Hercules is the latest incarnation of this enduring, multi-mission platform. Air Station Elizabeth CIty has the first operational Juliet models. The Coast Guard has been using a version of the C-130 Hercules since the first one was delivered to Air Station Elizabeth CIty in December 1959.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dave Silva.

PORTSMOUTH, Va— The Coast Guard assisted in the rescue of three Canadian boaters from their sailing vessel approximately 140 nautical miles North East of Bermuda, Saturday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center received notification from the Bermuda Rescue Coordination Center that a personal locator beacon was activated, watchstanders then determined the location of the three boaters in distress aboard the Esmeralda.

The captain of the sailing vessel informed the Bermuda Rescue Coordination Center that he had activated his emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) after his concern about staying aboard due to adverse weather and high seas.

District five watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Super Hercules aircrew and activated the AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue) System Reporting to alert vessels in the area to the emergent situation and request assistance from them.

The vehicle carrier vessel Paganella answered the call and diverted to the disabled sailing vessel and was able to safely recover and transfer the three mariners onboard. The Paganella and the three Canadian mariners are now en route to New York.

No injuries were reported.


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Note for the AMVER System: Originally known as the Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting (AMVER) System, it became operational on July 18, 1958.

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