US Coast Guard Saves Stranded Seafarers

 12 Oct 2018 08.11am

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) has said it rescued 10 crewmembers that were stranded on a disabled cargo ship for almost 20 days when they were picked up 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda.

They were rescued by the USGC Cutter Confidence after their 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged vessel, the Alta, became disabled on September 19 during a voyage from Greece to Haiti.

 

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The crew made contact 11 days later and reported that they had enough food for two days and water for 15, but were unable to make any repairs to the ship. 

An aircrew on an HC-130 Hercules aeroplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City dropped a week’s worth of food to the crew on October 2, which helped sustain them until help arrived.

 

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The Confidence is expected to reach Puerto Rico with the crew today – October 12.

Travis Emge, commanding officer of the Confidence, commented: "We were conducting a law enforcement patrol near Puerto Rico when we were assigned to assist the crew of the motor vessel Alta.

 

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“We travelled over 1,300 nautical miles to get to the disabled ship ahead of Hurricane Leslie's forecasted track and brought the 10 crewmembers aboard. We are all proud of our part in this coordinated Coast Guard response to rescue this crew.”

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